Scrub-A-Dub Dub

If you know me, you know I am frugal. Some may say cheap but I just hate wasting money. I’d been wanting to make this detergent for a long time. A few friends of mine have used this recipe for a while now and swear by it. I had a few days off this past October where I was stuck in the house, so it was the perfect time to mix up a batch.
Laundry Detergent
Ingredients: You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store
  • (1) 4 lb 12 oz box Borax found in the detergent aisle
  • (1) 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda found in the cooking aisle
  • (1)  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz found in the detergent aisle
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent aisle (I used Zote bars instead and used 2 bars. I found my Zote at Kmart)
  • 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total, found in the detergent aisle. This is optional but I added it into mine because I have a pretty messy, farmer husband)

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha/Zote soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or a hand-held grater, whatever you have. For those of you with a HE washer, you may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix. I cut the bar of soap with a knife into slivers the short way and then used the food processor. I don’t know if this is necessarily better than a hand grater, as I didn’t have one to try out. Once the soap is grated, toss all the ingredients in a 5-gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag and mix them together with a paint-stick-stirrer thing (free anywhere that sells paint).

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This recipe makes about 2 gallons of laundry detergent and is fairly mild smelling; it is not over powering. I added some lavender essential oils to this batch but it wasn’t very strong. I am going to try lemon essential oils for the next batch.  Once everything is mixed, store the soap however you like. I left the bulk in the 5-gallon bucket and stored it under my sink. I bought a smaller glass jar with a lid (from Home Goods for around $8) for daily use and a cheap plastic tablespoon from the dollar store. **I use 1 Tablespoon per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store-bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**
  • This detergent is safe for HE washers. Just make sure to great your bar soap very fine.
  • The detergent should be added to the barrel instead of the dispenser.

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