In my previous post, I mentioned I was going to make my own detergent. Well, Sunday morning I pulled out the ingredients and went to work. Purchasing the three main ingredients ran about 6.75. I had to buy Borax, Super Washing Soda, and the old fashioned Fels-Naptha. Even though I had to buy this, the Flatlander and I figured each Tide Pod is .30 per pod. Making my own detergent took my cost down to .20 per BATCH. I didn't take this lightly. I researched the heck out of it. I even found videos of people making their own batches. With their knowledge, I took to my own kitchen. Melting the Fels-Naptha was actually fun. The house smelled wonderful and clean, and I loved the homey feeling that went along with it. We had a bucket on hand, so it was easy for me to mix and store it. The next morning, it was at a perfect consistency. I only had to mix it with water in my plastic jug. Since we have a HE machine, I am using 1/4 cup per wash.
Now, how did it turn out?
So far, so good. The clothes look great and smell fresh without being perfumey. In fact, when compared to a load of name brand detergent, I cannot tell the difference. I think this is something we will continue.
I also am using a white vinegar rinse instead of fabric softener. The clothes don't smell like vinegar, but they are soft and static free. No heavy perfume smell and no dyes. I think this is something I will also continue.
Here is the link I found on Pinterest: http://parentables.howstuffworks.com/slideshows/nesting/easy-inexpensive-diy-recipes-ten-common-cleaning-products/