Ok you guys! When we bought this place I was looking for EVERY.POSSIBLE.WAY to cut costs around the house. Y'all know as well as I do that Pinterest is a field day when it comes to DIY for soaps, detergents, cleaning products and everything else under the sun.
I found recipe after recipe for DIY laundry soaps but let's be real...1) I do not own a cheese grater nor do I feel like taking the time to shave a bar of soap into a million tiny little pieces and 2) I sure wasn't going to go searching store after store for all these fancey, ah-mazing , organic soaps I had been hearing so much about. I made this DIY detergent for one purpose...to save money. I know there are tons of harmful chemicals in laundry detergent and that is why most people switch to DIY but I love me some Tide and the only reason I switched was because that crap is EXPENSIVE!
The supplies from this detergent have last me nearly 2 years in August....you read that right...TWO...YEARS...
Let's do some math folks. I spent approximately $15 dollars on all the supplies and it's been roughly 96 weeks. 96 weeks at 4 loads of laundry a week means that this stuff costs a little less than 4 cents per load...
FOUR cents you guys! Talk about cost effective.
Here's what you need: (I DO use this in a HE washer, it's totally safe)
1 large bottle of Dawn Original Blue
1 box of Borax
1 box of Super Washing Soda
1 container of Oxy-Clean
1 gallon jar/container
1 wooden spoon (optional)
Directions for one batch (this is for a 1 gallon sized container):
I used an old Tide bottle for this part...
1) Mix 3 tablespoons Borax, 3 Tablespoons Super Washing Soda and one heaping scoop of Oxy-Clean together in a container.
2) Add in 3 tablespoons of Dawn Dish washing soap (Original Blue, not the concentrated kind!)
3) Pour in about 2-3 cups of HOT tap water.
4) Put the lid on the container and shake, shake, shake what your momma gave ya! Oh and also shake the container to dissolve the powders.
After your ingredients are good and dissolved just fill the container the rest of the way with cold tap water and you are good to go. In my case I just re-fill this Tide bottle several times and keep dumping it into my gallon mason jar.
If you do it my way you will get a whole lot of bubbles...just let them settle and keep on filling.
It starts off blue but eventually settles to clear...so make sure your little peeps don't mistake this for something yummy to drink! That would be no bueno!
I simply use 1 cup of this liquid per load of laundry and I keep a measuring cup in the cabinet for just this purpose.
There really is no smell, which I don't prefer...I like for our laundry to smell so fresh and so clean, clean...so I add those wonderful Downey Unstopables to the load and everything comes out spotless and smelling divine!
If there are extra tough stains I pre-treat with either Resolve or Fels-Naptha and then go about my normal routine.
Not once have we had an issue with clothes not getting clean. I will swear by this laundry detergent for the rest of my days! It's so insanely simple to throw together and let's not forget it's DIRT cheap! (You see what I did there?)