Homemade Laundry Detergent

| 7/22/2016 11:24:00 AM

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Life is full of mysteries. Why is the sky blue? What do they put in hot dogs? How the heck does a family of three produce so much dirty laundry?!

I just don't understand it. I always thought that once we got past the days of cloth diapers and spit-up, the laundry would be much more manageable. But the basket piled high and shoved in the back of my closet that's been awaiting folding for a week says otherwise.

Don't judge ...

So much laundry means that we blow through some detergent around these parts. Not only is that a hefty chunk of change, that is chemicals on our clothing all day long. Unless you like to run around in your birthday suit ... whatever floats your boat, man. But since I have to leave my house and see people, it's clothes for this ol' gal.

Dustin and I don't have sensitive skin or any skin irritations, but once little man came along I wanted my home and family to be as natural as possible.

3/9/2018 5:38:14 PM

I have been making and using my own detergent powder containing the above ingredients plus a tub of oxyclean and a container of scented crystals for more than four years in a top loader that was 19 years old. I had no problems at all using 2T per load. I recently moved and am using it in a front loader. I'll let you know if I experience problems. I love the smell of Fels Naptha. For one person, a batch lasts six months and costs around $30.

3/9/2018 5:38:13 PM

I have been making my own detergent for four years, and until I moved two weeks ago, I used it without issues in a top loader that was 20 years old. I'm now using it in a front loader. I'll let you know if I have issues. I love the smell of Fels Naptha - must be an individual thing. My "recipe" also includes a container of OxyClean and a package of scented crystals. I use 2 tablespoons per load.

3/9/2018 11:42:00 AM

We had an HE top loading washer and about every six months we had to take it apart to get to a tube we had to clean or the washer wouldn't drain and would flood the room. It started a couple months after we started using homemade detergent (this recipe). The first time it flooded, we called a repair man who was nice enough to show us how to fix it ourselves so we didn't have to call every time it happened. I asked and he said that it was partially a fault with the machine itself, but that our homemade mixture probably didn't help. So who knows.

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