Some of the strangest looks I get are from people who just don’t get why I would make my own laundry detergent when it is so readily available in just about any store. I’ve written about this before, but for those of you who aren’t convinced, I’d like another chance to change your mind.
You’re not surprised that this would be first on my list. In my own unscientific way, I have done exhaustive research on this. When a bottle of Tide or ALL laundry detergent promises “82 Loads” consider the fine print. Check it. Realistically, you have to cut that number of loads in half if you have a high-capacity washer. Read the instructions. They are talking about small loads of laundry.
My research has determined that on average, regularly priced laundry detergent costs from $.35 to $.50 per load of laundry. That may not sound like much to you until you consider that you can make your own detergent for about $.03 to $.05 per load.
My homemade detergent just works, and that’s saying a lot coming from a laundry stickler like myself. I know exactly what’s in it, too.
My whites come out white, colors come out bright and all my laundry is super clean. This homemade version is low-sudsing, which makes it perfect for the high-efficiency (HE) washers.
There is another factor in play with anything homemade and that’s time. Admittedly, the recipes I’ve given you in the past (for both powdered and liquid versions) can be time-consuming. And a little messy. I’ll also admit that on occasion I have just not had time to make it myself, reluctantly resorting to buying it off the shelf.
The recipe uses one of DPL’s favorite products—original Blue Dawn—in place of Fels Naptha bar soap. And, this requires no cooking and is low-sudsing. I am still over the moon about this recipe because it is fast, easy and super effective. Thanks, Jillee.
Quick and Easy Laundry Detergent
Find a one-gallon container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour in the borax, washing soda and liquid Dawn. Add two cups of very hot water. Apply the lid and shake until the soda and borax have dissolved. Now fill the container with cold water. Reapply the lid, label and you’re done. To use: Add 1 to 2 cups to each load of laundry depending on the size and soil levels.
This recipe multiplies so well, I make three gallons using this conversion which is slightly more concentrated:
- 3/4 cup borax
- 3/4 cup washing soda
- 3/4 cup original Blue Dawn
I have experimented with the amount to use in my high-efficiency, high-capacity, heavy-duty LG Wave Force washer.
I started with 2 cups for a full load (this detergent is not thick, actually it is quite thin and watery). However, I noticed that clothes were ending up slightly stiff and scratchy, a good indication that all of the soap had not been rinsed out. So, I cut back and now find that with my converted 3-gallon recipe, 1 to 1 1/2 cups works perfectly. For smaller loads, I cut back accordingly.
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