I always liked the idea of DIY-ing things. Even if it ends up being “more work than it’s worth” or costs the same (or more) than store bought. Which, in my life, I usually get both!
I love this recipe for making your own laundry detergent from Bren Did, and I think you will, too. It is so easy to make, and costs around $10. My first batch lasted me FIVE MONTHS…. and I have a husband and a toddler. So, that’s pretty legit.
All of the ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store or Amazon.
I modified (slightly) Bren’s recipe, and here it is:
1 box of Super Washing Soda, here
4lbs. of Baking Soda, here
4 bars of Kirk’s Original Castile Soap, here
I pull out my big Thanksgiving stuffing-making bowl and get to work. I grate the soap on an inexpensive cheese grater, like this one. I liked the idea of having a separate grater for my crafting/DIY projects. I know it’s just soap, but I didn’t want it mixing with my food.
Grate up your bar soap and mix it in with all of your other ingredients. This is where that BIG bowl comes in handy.
I use a whisk and a spatula to fold and whisk together all of the ingredients. I would also suggest some kind of mask, because the dust will get to you. My husband says I look like a scene from Breaking Bad when I’m mixing my soap up!
Next, I use a funnel to pour it into a pretty flip-top seal-able jar. You want to make sure it stays sealed. I used my Cricut to cut out vinyl letters that say “Laundry Soap”. That was one of my first Cricut projects. I use one 2 Tablespoons per load. (I received a 2 TB. measuring spoon as part of a wedding gift that I never used, so now it has a purpose!) Sometimes I use two scoops if it’s a particularly nasty load.
I know you’re going to love this and it will last you forever. Like I said, I just made my second batch after FIVE MONTHS!