Why I Make My Own DIY Laundry Detergent For My Family is part of my National Emergency Preparedness Month. I really want to share all my favorite ideas on being prepared for the unexpected. I remember last winter was brutal for so many people. There were ice storms, snow levels at their highest number in years in some states along the East Coast. We had 100-year floods in some areas. Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires. I received emails that people sent me saying they were out of milk for their toddlers and no way to drive to the store to get milk or any critical food items they needed.
I recently received several emails in one week asking for help to know where to start with emergency supplies and food. We take for granted living out west where we can walk into most any store and pick up some #10 cans of food. Even Walmart carries some #10 cans here in Southern Utah. But today I am going to talk about why I make laundry detergent. I do not want to run out of it. I make it for all my daughters so we can all save money. We love the smell of it…but we still all use Gain Fabric softener. Yep, I cannot go without my favorite softener. So I make several 5-gallon containers of laundry detergent and give those to my daughters to help them save on their grocery bill.
I Prefer Dry DIY Laundry Detergent Over Liquid
It is really easy to make laundry detergent, it really is. I prefer the dry over the liquid because I am one of those prepper chicks that like to be prepared for the unexpected. Yep, I will probably never run out of the stuff. I have several years stored in a closet in five-gallon buckets. I could not do that with liquid detergent. I only use 1/2 tablespoon in my front end loader washing machine (HE). I started out using 1 tablespoon but I got the same results with half of that, so now it makes my loads two cents a load. Gotta love the savings.
Grater And Blender
If you have a cheese grater and a blender you can make this stuff. Some people say it makes their cheese grater or blender smell like soap… When I’m done I soak them with a little bleach and rinse them with really hot water and that works out great for me. Then I wash the items to rid them of any bleach residue. This year I used my Bosch grater to grate the Fels-Naptha bars. Now, this makes all the difference in the world. I can grate and blend the detergent so much faster now. Time and money saved.
How To Make Your Own DIY Laundry Detergent YouTube
I have to give total credit to Kendra for showing me how to make laundry detergent. I did a YouTube showing you how to Make Laundry detergent. I have since invested in a Bosch grater/slicer to use with my Bosch blender to save me time. Here’s the deal, you do not have to invest in a lot of equipment to make laundry detergent. I make it in huge quantities to share with my daughters. You can use a salad shooter or just a plain grater to grate the bars of soap. Any blender will work as long as you make sure it does not overheat. I love the smell of Fels Naptha bars, but I have seen people using castile soap bars as well. I think it is just a personal preference.
On Facebook, I have noticed families getting together on a weeknight to make their own DIY laundry detergent together. What a great idea! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Saving money is a huge thing to all of us!
Make Your Own DIY Laundry Detergent:
- 1 Fels-Naptha Bar-grated either by hand, food processor, salad shooter-this is what we used
- 1 cup Borax Detergent Booster
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda (not regular baking soda)
- Put these 3 ingredients in a blender to blend and grate the Fels-Naptha even more. After doing this it will look just like the store purchased detergent but will not include all the “fillers”. You will use less product per load and will have less “bubbles”. Remember just having bubbles doesn’t mean clean…..I use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon per load. I have an HE-High Efficiency washer and it works great in regular washing machines as well.
PRINTABLE recipe: Recipe by Food Storage Moms
Please let me know if you have tried making your own DIY laundry detergent. If you have a different recipe let me know.