Today’s MM product that I want to share with you is more like a collection of products that you can use to create your own washing detergent! I’m not taking credit for this recipe in the least bit, my friend found it on Facebook, I believe? I did a quick search online before writing this post to find the original, but every recipe seems to be a little different than this one, plus, if we’re being honest, I’m sure there are many “originals” out there, it just depends on what circle of blogs you follow as to when you will happen upon it, so here’s to sharing with my circle. I hope that you enjoy!
I started to make my own detergent about 9 months or so ago, and I absolutely love it. I was leery when I first made the detergent because my husband plays in dirt for a living and brings a yard or two home every day on his clothes, so my detergent has to work overtime. I always bought Tide, which is supposed to be “top of the line” in the grocery store food chain of detergents, and I still felt like the nice “ahh” smell just wasn’t there…I can attest that this detergent smells wonderful and cleans even better. I share my batches with my mother in law, so mine lasts me around 7 -8 months, if you’re keeping it all for yourself, it will probably last you around a year, depending on how often you wash clothes. We wash at least 1 load every day (Yes, the word “we” is used appropriately here, seeing as Hattie’s new fetish is helping with the transfer of clothes from the washer to the dryer), and I use about 2+ tablespoons per load. Instead of paying about $15 every 2-3 weeks, I pay about $27 every 8 months. That’s a rather large savings (88% to be exact)!
Here’s how to make your own:
You will need to purchase or gather:
(1) large bucket for storage (3 gallon would work, or 5 if that’s all that you can find, you may even have something lying around that would work as long as you can seal it fairly air tight and it is large enough to mix this whole mess of powder in)
(1) large stirring spoon or stick. I recommend it being at least 12 inches long
(1) cheese grater
(2) bars of Fels Naptha or Zote soap (both are found down the detergent aisle, by the Oxi Clean and bleach)
-I prefer Zote. Maybe because it’s pink…
(1) 3 pound container of Oxi Clean (I like to get the dye, perfume, and chlorine free version, it has a green lid)
(1) 55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Detergent (also down detergent aisle near Oxi Clean)
(1) 76 oz. box of Borax (found in same place)
(4) 28 oz. bottle of Purex Baby Crystals (these are hypoallergenic and dye free)
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s gentle enough to use on Hattie’s clothes as well, so no more double loads, and separate detergents. Not having to buy Dreft AND Tide every couple of weeks has been pretty awesome…
Here’s the directions:
Gather your goodies!
Grate your soap using the finest grating plane, the finer the grate, the easier it will be for your soap to dissolve in the wash.
When you finally finish, your platter of soap will look like this:
As I start to mix my ingredients in my bucket I use these tricks:
Use the plastic measuring cup that comes in your Oxi Clean bucket as your measuring tool. Every layer you want to add 1scoop of Oxi Clean, Borax, Zote, Soda, and 2 scoops of the Purex. I repeat about 4 times, and then stir. I always leave my stirring stick in the container setting on the newly stirred surface, so that when it comes time to stir, I won’t have to dig my spoon down and guess where I need to start at, instead, it’s already resting there from the last time that I stirred.
Once it’s all mixed together, you can refill all of your Purex containers for easy storage in your laundry closet, or you can leave it all in the bucket, only taking out what you need in small quantities. I like to use a glass jar for my laundry closet storage, and I leave the rest in the bucket. When using my glass jar, I always add a cheesecloth filled with rice to the bottom to absorb any moisture, and let’s face it, it’s south Louisiana, I’m dealing with intense moisture. If moisture is allowed to get to your detergent the mixture will harden impressively.
I use a metal scoop that I bought at Wal Mart. It’s sold as a coffee scoop, but it is about 2.5 tablespoons. I use it full to the top when my load is extremely dirty, or only 3/4 full for normal loads.
If you are using the Purex containers as storage, you can easily rip off the label to avoid content confusion. The second line in the pink cap that comes with your Purex container is actually 2 Tablespoons, which is the recommended amount to use, so it is super convenient!
I store the remaining detergent, in the mixing bucket, in a cool, dry place (like my closet).
You can always share your batch with a friend(s) and split the cost if you are scared to tie yourself down for a while with a detergent that you are unsure about. Chances are however, that you’ll love it. The smell is enough to make you a believer. Try it guys. If anything you will feel super productive as you are making your own laundry soap, and that pretty much makes it all worth it!