Thanks to my kids’ crazy skin allergies, I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for over two years. While I’ve gotten spoiled to having really clean laundry (I almost never do presoaking or pretreating at all now), I’ve always been disappointed by the lack of fragrance of that detergent recipe.
So when I found a recipe that used all of my normal ingredients with the addition of Purex Crystals for fragrance, I began to wonder… could it be? Have I finally found the perfect recipe? Or will my kids be allergic to the crystals?
Well, I am happy to report that after more than a month, my kids’ skin is still clear!
So here’s the deal. This laundry detergent cleans better than anything I’ve ever used before. AND it smells GREAT. It’s super easy to make, and this batch will last you a whole year. And the total cost? Less than $30. FOR A YEAR’S WORTH OF DETERGENT. So if you follow my blog and think things like, “I could never do that…” here’s one for you to try! I hope you’ll go for it, because I know you won’t regret it!
World’s Most Amazing Laundry Detergent Recipe
- 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (detergent isle)
- 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (baking isle)
- 1 55 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (detergent isle)
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap or 2 bars Zote soap (detergent isle)
- Optional: Oxyclean (3.5 lbs) — I ALWAYS use the Oxyclean, and it’s still OK with my kids’ skin.
- 1 or 2 55 oz bottles of Purex Crystals (I used one this time, and while it’s an ok level of fragrance, I think I’ll go for two next time.)
Start by microwaving your soap and allowing it to have time to cool before messing with it. After it’s cooled, crumble it up into fine powder. (Note: a more detailed explanation of how to microwave soap is coming on Thursday!) Then, mix all of the ingredients together in a big container of some sort (5 gallon bucket, trash can, laundry basket lined with trash bag… you get the picture.) Put in containers to store. Use 1-2 TBSP per load; this is safe for high-efficiency washers.
Anyway, let me know if you try this one. I love it!