Laundry Detergent

Even though we are only a family of two {for now} laundry is a never ending battle.  Coach Husband works out every morning and those clothes, along with his coaching clothes are not allowed to cross the threshold of my house. This is not me being dramatic y'all.  The stench is so bad I become nauseous.  When we first got married it took 2-3 cycles for these loads with a heaping amount of Tide AND ammonia to cut the stench, we were buying laundry detergent every three weeks and that stuff is not cheap.  Plus when you factor in the time, laundry was a two day affair at our house.  
After a year of it I decided to attempt some laundry detergent of the homemade variety to see if it made a difference.  A friend shared her recipe and for about $20 we have laundry detergent that works and lasts about a year.  A for sure win in my book!

You will need:

  • Mule Borax
  • Oxi Clean Stain Fighter
  • Purex Crystal
  • Value Sized Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster
  • 3 Fels-Naptha laundry soap bars
  • Large bucket for mixing
  • Airtight container for storage

All of these items except the baking soda can be found in the laundry aisle at your local store, I promise!  You might have to hunt for the borax & laundry booster but they are there.

Use a cheese grater to grate the laundry soap bars & then dump everything into your large bucket.  Mix it up really well to make sure everything is well dispersed.  I've learned a large paint stir stick or your hands works best.
Store the laundry detergent in an air-tight container.  I use a glass jar with lid in the laundry room and fill the Oxi Clean bucket & an old Cool-Whip bucket with the rest.  Refill my "pretty" jar as necessary. {Such a "I grew up & live in the South" moment as I typed that.  The amount of Cool-Whip containers in my Mamwaw's house to store extras is the stuff of legends}.

The Oxi-Clean comes with a plastic scoop so save that and throw it into your jar as well.  It does not take a ton to get clothes clean, which is great!  I love the way our laundry smells & it comes out super clean since we started using this stuff.  Plus, $20 for an entire year of laundry detergent?  That's a huge budget saver in our house.

Happy Laundry Day!