In the past two years, I have decided to make a change for the better. I eat more whole foods and I try to live as organically as possibly!!!!!! I LOVE it! My favorite part is making as much as I can from scratch. Not only is it normally cheaper, in the long run, to do so, but it also is better for you and you KNOW what all the ingredients are. That is definitely a plus in my book.
One day I was watching 17 and counting (or 18, 19, 20...IDK where they were at at this point...lol) and they were making their own detergent...AWESOME! They mentioned that for 5 gallons of it, the cost was mere PENNIES per load. I thought to myself "and why isn't EVERYONE doing this?" You can't get any better than that! So the next time I went to the store, I picked up all the ingredients. I have adapted their recipe just a tad for a little more laundry POWER and slight scent and I think I like it more than the original. So here is goes!
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT:
1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap
2c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
5 gallon bucket with lid
kitchen gloves (optional)
Paint Stir Stick or Long Handled Spoon
2. In a medium saucepan, fill about halfway with water. Add your grated soap and set to low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until all the soap has melted. Try not to stir too vigorously or you will cause bubbles.
8. There is no set time here, but every so often you'll want to mix your soap as it cools down. As it cools, it is going to thicken up considerably and the more often that you mix it, the smoother it will be. However, even if you forget to stir, you can always break up the clumps later. I normally make mine early evening and by the time I go to bed it's about 80% cooled and I just give it one more stir when I wake up in the morning and then your good to go!