Saturday, January 14, 2012

More Saving Money: DIY Laundry Detergent

Okay, when someone offers to save me some money, I’m thinking someone is out to make some money off me trying to save money. Enter  peanutbuttermacrame run by Elizabeth Schartok. She posted the following recipe.

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
3 bars of Fels-naptha soap, found in the detergent isle
2 small containers of oxyclean or store brand oxyclean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.*(optional, see below)

Now at this point we can take into consideration one of two possibilities. One, Elizabeth is in the pay of the international Fels-naptha consortium, and is collection a very healthy kick back on every bar she sells, or we can consider Elizabeth might be a mother of two young children, and an expert seamstress and by those virtues an excellent source of information.

I’ll give you a couple of minutes to consider those possibilities.

So away I went.

I looked n a few places, got come blank stares for the washing soda and then hit a four for four pay dirt, no pun intended, and for all the needed ingredients in one place for less than ten bucks. That is less than ten bucks. You might want to consider that fact.

At this point, if you’re feeling like a pawn of the international Fels-naptha consortium, you might want to just bail out and go out and buy the liquid mostly water expensive stuff, or the powered that foams stuff that costs more money.

It took a while to grate all the bar soap up, yes, but I experimented with how well it dissolved in water and it did, totally.

My first victim was the mutt blanket of extreme dog smell. It came out clean and fresh smelling!

All in all, either you want to save money and you’ll give this a shot, or you refuse to be a pawn of the international Fels-naptha consortium and you’ll keep paying for water and lemon freshened scent.

Take Care,


  1. It looks like you end up with about 16 lbs of this concoction. How much do you use for a load of wash?

    1. A tablespoon, more or less.

      Yes, that little.

  2. You can use regular homemade soap instead of the Fels Naptha too! :)

    1. Hi there you!

      Who is the infant in your profile shot? ANOTHER baby?

  3. I think this is absolutely fantastic!

    1. And it works very well, too.

      I mean, VERY well.