Natural Cleaning – DIY Laundry Detergent & Softener

This one might be more of a “Thrifty Cleaning” title than “Natural Cleaning”.  Not that it isn’t more natural than the typical box of detergent on the shelves but, for me, this is all about the savings.

With our family of four, we would go through a box/bottle of laundry detergent about every month.  At ~$15 each time – that totaled ~$180 a year.

I switched to making my own detergent last August.  I just had to make detergent again 2 weeks ago.  That’s SEVEN months of skipping over the detergent aisle at the store.  Don’t you just love being able to skip aisles?  Maybe it’s just me, but I DO!  Albeit, part of the reason that this lasted so long was because I made a triple batch.  Still, the savings are great.Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Here’s a run-down:

3 boxes of Baking Soda = $7.50

3 boxes of Borax =  $10.50

3 boxes of Washing Soda = $9.90

3 bars of grated laundry soap = $3 (I make an all-natural grated laundry soap that has zero chemicals that is $10 for 3 bars worth.)

1 small container of Oxyclean = $4.00

TOTAL = ~$35-$40 / 7 months of constant laundering (thank you Thing 1 and Thing 2)

The cost of store-bought detergent for 7 months?  ~$105

I use the basic homemade laundry detergent recipe that is all over the internet.  I found this particular recipe over at Being Creative To Keep My Sanity’s blog.  Here it is:

Laundry Detergent Recipe

Mixed up and ready to use
Recognize my swanky detergent container? Those 5 gal. Homer buckets at Home Depot are so handy!!

While I was at it, I decided to switch to a natural fabric softener too.  Overall, I’m pretty happy with it.  I do notice a little more static in the winter and if I line-dry my towels, they’re a little “crunchy”.  My solution?  I don’t line dry my bath towels and deal with dry, winter static.  No biggie.  I figure that it’s a fair trade-off for not soaking our clothing and linens in chemicals.

Here’s the recipe:

Fabric Softener Diy Recipe

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