Currently I make my own dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner and glass cleaner. Here is a post that I’ve done in the past that has all the recipes.
I find that making your own cleaners is MUCH more cost effective, plus I know what chemicals I’m allowing to enter my home. I don’t have to worry about the harsh toxins/fumes that come from many retail cleaners.
All you really need is:
- Baking Soda (Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is preferred but not as easy to find)
- Oxi Clean (this isn’t necessary, but is recommended)
- Fels Naptha Soap (Substitute Ivory if you can’t find this item)
- Vinegar (it’s recommended to use essential oils to mask the vinegar scent if you don’t like it)
- Cascade (not necessary, but really helps to clean the dishes)
That’s it! Not too difficult and it will save you TONS of money!!! When I buy all these things I typically have enough laundry detergent to last for 3 months (and I do 3-5 loads a week), and enough dishwashing detergent to last 2 1/2 – 3 months (I do a load daily).
Liquid Laundry Detergent vs. Powdered Laundry Detergent:
I often hear people say they don’t like powdered laundry detergent and I’m not sure why this is. When you buy liquid laundry detergent you are usually purchasing a container that’s over half water! I feel that my powdered laundry detergent goes a long way for so little. When you make your own detergent you can easily turn it into a liquid detergent by adding boiling water…and a LOT of it! So essentially what you are doing is watering down your detergent. Not only that but it’s more work! Also it takes up much more space! You will probably want to mix a large batch which will need about a 5 gallon bucket, it’s also quite heavy to move so you would need to transport your boiling water to the bucket in the laundry room.
Homemade liquid detergent doesn’t have the same consistency as store bought detergent. After you add the boiling water to the powdered blend and mix well the mixture will congeal. It’s not quite a liquid and not quite a solid. It’s a gooey watery detergent that has the consistency of runny pudding. As it sits the water will begin to separate from the soap leaving the thicker mixture to settle at the bottom. This means that there will be stirring of the detergent before each use. So for all the work involved I just don’t see the benefit.
If you have any concerns about the powdered detergent just give it a minute or two to dissolve in the washing machine before you add your clothes. No problems there! You may see some soap bits on your clothes and this would be due to the shredding of the soap bar. The finer the pieces of shredded soap in the mixture, the better. I use a simple cheese grater from the dollar store and it works great for me! No need to go out and by a food processor just for shredding soap!
For a breakdown on cost check out this post by Lynnae. One load costs about 6 cents!!!
So that’s it! Leave me a comment and share with me your experiences with homemade cleaners!!!