When I first heard about this challenge I thought it was going to be so hard! But, by the end of the week I had quite a few ideas. I went to the store with an idea in mind, but when I found Fels-Naptha soap I decided to try my hand at crafting my own homemade laundry detergent! I had wanted to do it for a while and thought that this would be a great time to try! So here it is!
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
In order to stick with the "edible part" I headed over to the fruit department and grabbed a grapefruit.
I peeled it and dehydrated the bits.
I then cut up my Fels-Naptha Soap bar. --This is a laundry soap bar, you could also use any gentle soap (Ivory/Castile/....)
[if you do this cut it up smaller than I did]
The soap bits then got blended in my food processor with the dried grapefruit.
Then measure out 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) and 1/2 cup of Borax and dump in with the soap. Blend it up good!
TADA! Your own Hand-Crafted Landry Detergent! To use it use one Tablespoon per load.
Here is the $$ breakdown:
2.99 Washing Soda
1.19 Fels-Naptha Soap
with tax: 9.21
after all the math, it comes out to .06 a load.
If you bought the ingredients on sale and/or used a cheaper bar of soap the price would be much lower.
Then to make sure it works, I smeared ketchup, mustard, chocolate,.... on a cloth then seperated it and washed half with homemade and half with storebought soap.
Looks pretty similar to me!
And there you have it, Homemade Laundry Detergent!
Thanks for looking!
I am using a toploader machine.
This is a NON-Sudsing detergent. What cleans is the soap, not the bubbles.
You can't smell the grapefruit. The fels-naptha bar has a very strong scent. The mix itself I really don't like the smell of, but coming out of the wash, I love it. Has a citrus-y smell itself.