Laundry Detergent

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I think I’ve pinned 4 or 5 different “DIY Laundry Detergent” recipes over the last year and this is the first time that I actually tried one.

“Why this one?” You may ask?

“Because it promises to last for a year,” I might say.

Anything that I could do once a year (or even twice a year) sounds good to me. Plus, the original pin also boasts that it only coast $20 to make. Needless to say, we made a list, checked it twice and jumped in our car to hunt and gather. I already had some borax (which the kids kept on calling The Lorax), baking soda and oxy clean. We only had to find Super Washing Soda, Purex crystals and Ivory Soap. The recipe called for this stuff called Fels Naptha, but told us that Ivory Soap would work just fine.

We started off at our local dollar store, you know, the one where everything isn’t a dollar, but it’s still a bit cheaper than the grocery store? There, we only found the Purex and the Ivory. We bought the remaining ingredients at the grocery store. We were set!


We grated and then pulverized our Ivory Soap. It didn’t look anything like the picture. The pinner said that if this should happen, we could put it in the microwave.

We did. It did not help.


In fact, it looked like we were re-creating the soap we worked so hard to mash up into little tiny pieces.


I grabbed the keys and we went to get the Fels Naptha. Thankfully, it was really cheap. And it worked.DSC_0074

After I pulverized the new soapy thing, and after explaining to the dog that it was NOT cheese, we mixed all the stuff together in a bin. (Ok, I spilled some on the floor and had to clean it up. Whatever!) My stuff in the bin sure looked like the stuff in the pin.


Immediately, I gathered the dirty clothes (that had been waiting all day for me to make this detergent) and threw them in the washer with 2 tbsps of my pretty new stuff. After the dryer had done its job, I felt the clothes.

They feel clean.

Sniff. Sniff. They smell clean.

They even look clean.

Hurrah for laundry detergent!

The hardest part was finding all the stuff!

55 More to go!


3 thoughts on “Laundry Detergent

    Karrie said:
    July 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Yeay! So glad it worked for you! If you do want to use Ivory soap, I would not chop it up first, just microwave it till it blows up looking like it did in your picture. Let it cool, then stick it into a gallon sized ziploc bag. Mash it down with a rolling pin and you will have little bits of ivory soap – works like a charm. 🙂

    Daughter of Encouragement said:
    July 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Ah! Ok! We’ll have to try it that way next time! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to come on over. We appreciate you! 🙂

    Top 10 From 2013: #7 | Pinning Summer said:
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