I have to begin this post with the truth. This whole DIY laundry detergent thing? Never my idea. And actually when it was brought up I groaned and possibly rolled my eyes at the thought of making it ourselves. I mean, we are a busy family and sometimes it really is nice to just pay for convenience. However, knowing how much money it has saved us and the fact that our family is growing by yet another? I’m kind of glad this is our process because it has made a world of difference in the laundry department. And it’s all thanks to this guy.
He was the one that found himself griping about how much money laundry soap costs (and let’s be honest, it’s ridiculous) and one day he was fed up with it to the point he decided to change it. So he hopped online, found an original recipe, made the first batch three years ago and has perfected it to what it is today. The original recipe was too watered down for our liking and never seemed to really get clothes super clean and stain free. He has adjusted and perfected and I don’t see us ever going back to anything else. We constantly receive compliments on the way our clothes smell and one load of laundry is now costing us only $0.012 per load (how ya like that math?!) instead of what it was before with the store bought stuff which comes out to roughly $0.30 per load. Kind of incredible right?
So let’s start with what you need to make it happen. The ingredients you need to add to your shopping list are (if you are not an Amazon shopper, all three can be found at WalMart – we have not been able to find all three in one place anywhere else):
All of these ingredients will create one batch which is 5 gallons and you will have remaining supplies for next time aside from the Fels-Naptha. And we are able to do approximately 250 loads of laundry with one batch of this soap (one batch = 5 gallons).
A few other supplies and tools you will need are:
a measuring cup
a 5 gallon utility bucket with lid
a cheese grater
a stirring utensil
a container or pitcher to add your new detergent to
Here’s to saving money and the never-ending laundry battle. May the odds be ever in your favor.