....and that's how making my own detergent came to be!
But, really, there is a lot of money-saving potential if you want to take a few minutes to make your own detergent. The entire process took me about 5 minutes and it is WORTH it!
I found all four products in the laundry aisle at Publix for roughly $19 total ($7 of it being optional). The products came in the exact quantities needed for the recipe. The mix should last for 200+ washes! Of course, the gallon jar is a one time purchase.
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. 1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda [55 ounces]
2. 1 container of a scented beads (for example, "Fireworks" from the GAIN brand, in this picture you can see I am trying Purex crystals]
3. 1 Box Borax [76 ounces]
4. 1 Box Oxi-Clean [or similar brand- here I used All Free & Clear which was on sale]
5. Glass container [I recommend a 2 gallon jar]
The next step is to literally dump the powdered ingredients into the jar and mix it all up with a wooden spoon.
Finally, once you have it all mixed up find a tablespoon measuring scoop to keep in the jar. Each load takes one to two scoops if you have a dirty/heavy load, you can use two full tablespoons.
I did a lot of research before diving into to this to be sure it was HE machine friendly. In the process, I learned what really makes HE detergent specific for those HE machines is that it is a low suds product. The HE machines use a lot less water than the old fashioned kind and you don't want a flood of suds.
I have done a year's worth of laundry with homemade mixes and I can say I LOVE it.
-The clothes are nice and clean.
-The laundry machine has functioned normal and smells nice.
For those of you that do like to add scent to your laundry you can always consider adding a bottle of "Fireworks" from the GAIN brand, a scent enhancer for laundry--totally optional though. And you can pick whatever smell you like! But, It really doesn't need it (and saves you $6.00!) It does smell fresh and clean on it's own.
I'm currently looking into more natural ways to add scent to my laundry- but I've been very happy so far!
It all starts with a glass jar.