1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
5 (5.5 oz) Bars of Fels Naptha Soap
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean
1 (19.5 oz) Downy Unstoppables
1 (13.5 oz) Downy Unstoppables
Other supplies you'll need:
2 (1 gallon) glass jars plus another smaller container for extra soap that didn't fit in the glass jars (I used a storage container from my kitchen)
1 stainless steel coffee scoop (measures 2 Tbsp.)
2 (13 gallon) trash bags
The first step was breaking up the bars of Fels Naptha. I used my flexible cutting board (pours easily into blender) and chopped it into large chunks. Then I blended one bar at a time in my blender until it looked like bread crumbs. (I got the idea of using a blender from another video.) The first three bars worked perfectly this way. But the last two bars were not as dry, I guess, and just gummed up in my blender. So I transferred them into a microwaveable bowl and heated them for 1 minute. (A suggestion made in the above video.) I then used the end of my large spoon to break it up more. When it was cool enough I poured it into the large bowl that I had put the other bars of soap that had been crumbled. I further broke up the chunks of soap with my hands and it crumbled quite well with the added grain of the other bars of soap.
I originally planned to mix everything in a large bucket I picked up from Dollar Tree but it was too small so I went to plan B which was the two trash bags. I saw a lady do this in her video making laundry detergent but I can't find that video now. I got help from my husband to get everything into the bags and then tied each bag and he tumbled it around in his arms for a minute.
The OxyClean came with a scoop that I used to scoop all of the soap out of the bags and into the glass jars. To get the rest of the soap that wouldn't fit into the glass jars, I cut a corner of the trash bag and poured the little bit into the storage container.
Here are some pictures of the items I used and the final product.
Borax $3.97 Washing Soda $$3.97 Baking Soda $2.24
Downy Unstoppables $8.94 for large bottle $6.97 for small bottle
(I used the Fresh scent of Unstoppables)
Fels Naptha $0.97 each
Glass jars $5.47 each
Coffee Scoop $1.67
4 Spoon set $0.88 (used the largest spoon)
My total for everything:
Divide that by 12 months and it's $4.62 of laundry detergent per month. You only need to use 2 tbsp. of detergent per large load. I will not have to purchase the jars, coffee scoop, or spoons again which will bring my total down to $41.06 OR $3.42 per month. Compared to what I was spending on Sun liquid laundry detergent of $5.97 per container. It may not seem like enough of a difference to go through the hassle but it's spending either $41.06 per year or $71.64 per year. Umm....yeah I would like to keep my $30 and spend it somewhere else.
For those wondering...this is both infant/baby safe and safe for sensitive skin. (My two concerns for our daughter and myself.)
I will start using this at the beginning of 2015 so I can see exactly how long it takes to use it.
My next plan is to make my own fabric softener, dish detergent and dishwasher detergent.