As I was looking for yet more ways to save money, I came across a laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest that sounded a bit different than others I’d seen. I headed over to the website it originated at, and decided to try it out. You can find the recipe at How Does She.
I did not put in the fabric softener crystals as I worried they might leave a residue in the washing machine that could get on my cloth diapers. (fabric softener is a huge no-no when using cloth!) I want to note that if you choose to use Fels-Naptha instead of Zote that you need to buy 4 of the smaller bars of soap as they do not come in 14.1 oz bars. I realized this when I went to make my detergent and was rather disappointed that I had to head back to the store… Also note, it’s not very fun on the hands to grate 4 bars of soap all at once so you might want to split it up a bit.
I layered the ingredients in a cooler (strange, but effective- it was the only container large enough that I had on hand) but you’ll want to use a bucket if you have one. Stir well with a wooden spoon and store the detergent however you prefer. I’ve got mine in gallon bags since that’s what I had on hand that could seal. You only need to use 1-2 tablespoons per load.
Does it work? I found it works pretty well for our laundry. We have hard water and a rather large capacity washing machine so I’ve had to play around with how much detergent I need to put in. I do like that my clothes don’t smell at all once they’re dry. Seriously, they don’t have any smell other than clean. I do miss the Tide smell just a bit as I’ve always used Tide detergent for my clothes, but this stuff is considerably cheaper. It cost around $30 or so and should last us well over a year. Yay! One less thing to worry about.