I want to start this post off saying this is my favorite DIY project in the history of ever! After I found this post on How Does She?, I started doing this five years ago and it’s become a staple in my home. Not to mention it’s cheap and has saved us a ton of money on laundry detergent! When we moved from Florida to Colorado we had to leave our belongings to be moved by movers. We only brought enough detergent to last us two months. However, my husband doesn’t always get the concept of measurements. He likes to use more than is necessary and it ended up only lasting us a month and a half. We bought some pre-made laundry detergent at the store and I nearly keeled over at how expensive it was.
With this detergent there are numerous ways to buy the items you need. The majority of the items can be found at a local grocery store. Target and Walmart have a few of the products but not all. In Florida, I used to go to Home Depot and buy my supplies because they had everything in one aisle so I was in and out. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
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Now that I’m living on base and we have a commissary (military term for “grocery store”) I can buy all of the items on base except for the Zote soap. Zote soap seems to be the hardest item to come by. Although Fels Naptha can be used I find it isn’t as nice. Zote soap has a nice scent and is visually appealing. Fels Naptha looks like freaking cheese. Zote Soap looks like pink cheese! Pink cheese is better.
- 1 (4lb 12oz) Box of Borax
- 1 (3lb 7oz) Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 (3lb) Oxyclean
- 2 (14.1oz) Bars of Zote Soap (Fels Naptha will do)
- 1 (4lb) Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1-2 (55oz) Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (or brand you favor)
- Grate the Zote Soap with a cheese grater or cut into pieces and microwave twenty seconds at a time until hot enough to break apart.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bucket until well blended.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Use 1-3 tablespoons of detergent depending on size of the load.
This detergent is great for people who are allergic to certain chemicals that are often found in big brand detergents. If you want to make it completely allergen free then eliminate the Oxyclean and the Purex fabric softener. Without the Oxyclean and Purex it becomes a green detergent. The Oxyclean is used to help fight stains and give it a little boost, but it isn’t necessary. Same goes for the fabric softener. If you prefer liquid softener or none at all then leave this part out. However the Purex Crystals and pink Zote Soap give it such a great scent you’ll want to do laundry everyday! Well… maybe not every day.