We are always looking for ways to save money. Always. So when our friend Bridget M. told us about making her own dishwashing detergent we immediately wanted to give it a try. When we went looking for a recipe for dishwasher detergent we stumbled upon a blog post from happymoneysaver.com that had a recipe for laundry detergent.
We were big fans of the new Tide detergent pods that look like dishwasher pods, but not fans of the price, especially since we kept forgetting to take a coupon to the store and were running out of detergent when it was not on sale.
When the post for the homemade detergent promised that the recipe, which could be made with about $20 in ingredients, would last for about a year, we were sold. Most of the ingredients for homemade detergent can be found at your local supermarket or Walmart. Just look on the lowest shelf in the cleaning supply or laundry detergent aisle.
You can get some of the supplies at Target, but we were unable to find all of them there. If you are one-stop shopper, Walmart likely is your best bet for finding all the ingredients you need in one place.
When we initially attempted the recipe we used Ivory soap, because we couldn’t find the soap recommended in the post, or flaked-soap. It was an EPIC FAIL. Putting soap in your food processor is not the business, and in fact, is not what the instructions call for doing. Reading is clearly fundamental. We encourage you to not waste your time with trying to grind up Ivory soap and hunt down some flaked-soap like Zote. It will be so much easier to mix. Trust us,
We have been using our homemade laundry detergent for about four months and all of our clothes look and smell fresh and clean. And by all, we mean our stinky running clothes (not that we’ve been running so much this year) too.
But we do have a confession: Our first batch of detergent has not lasted a year and it is totally our fault. See what had happened was…we use more than the recommended amount of per load. The recommended amount is just a couple of tablespoons per load. We use a scoop that came with the Oxi-Clean and sometime, Ricks even uses two scoops. ::Kanye shrug:: Looking at our pictures and happymoneysaver.com’s photos, it didn’t seem that we’d made 18 lbs. of detergent. We could be wrong, since we didn’t weigh it. Again…::Kanye shrug::
The ingredients are inexpensive enough that even if we made it three or four times a year, we would still come out ahead in the laundry game. When we consider the time and effort it would cost us to clip coupons, diligently wait for sales and then not forget the coupons at the house on sale day and have to turn around and drive back home to get them? Nawl. Just…nawl.
This project is Too Thrifty Chicks approved. It’s easy, cheap and works. Try it.