Detergent is expensive and it didn’t take much to convince me to give Homemade Detergent a try! I have been using this for about a month now. I felt I needed to give it a good try before I promoted it on my blog.
Easy To Make
Cheap Around 8¢ A Load !!
The ingredients cost less than a jug of name brand detergent and you can make many more batches with it.
You will need:
- a large cooking pot
- Mule Team Borax
- Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda!)
- a bar of soap (I used Fels Naptha)
- a 2 gallon bucket with a lid
- a funnel
- a grater
- old jug of some sort
- a long handled spoon
I found Borax, Washing Soda and Fels Naptha at Walmart in the detergent aisle, the bucket with a lid at Lowe’s.
- First you need to grate your soap, you can grate it right into the pot if you like! Fill the large pot about 1/2 or more with water. Heat slowly on the stove eye until the soap has all melted.
- Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda. Continue to cook, stirring well, the mixture will begin to thicken. Bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat. This mixture will begin to congeal.
- Once cool enough pour into your 2 gallon bucket adding more warm water until your bucket is 1/2 or so full. Cover with the lid and let it sit overnight.
- In the morning the mixture will be very congealed…thick gooey and sort of yucky. Stir it up and it will thin up a little. Add water stirring as you add until you have the bucket full and mixed well.
- Take your jug, an old laundry detergent jug will do ( I buy distilled white vinegar by the gallon so I use an old vinegar jug) fill it 1/2 full of the detergent and then fill the rest of the way with water and shake well.
You have just made 2 gallons of concentrated laundry detergent!
***Use as you normally would in your washer just remember to shake it really well to mix and remove any lumps before you add to the washer.
Tips and Info:
*This does not make a lot of suds in the washer~Just remember, suds do not clean your clothes the ingredients do. Because this is low suds you can use it in an HE washer.
I have a frontloading HE washer and using this my clothes and my washer does not have the musty, mildewy smell that I could not get rid of no matter what I did! I am a happy girl!
If you find a 2 gallon pot with a lid you can cook and store in the same pot!
Once you buy the Borax and Washing Soda you will have enough to make many more batches of detergent just pick up a bar of soap when needed.
Some people use ivory soap you can place it in the microwave it for 90 seconds and it will turn into flakes and no need to grate it! Be sure and place it in a large bowl! It looks like meringue and will flake apart. (Your kids will be amazed and you will too)
If you are worried about fragrance: This detergent does smell wonderful when making it and when your clothes are washing but your clothes are completely fragrance free when washed and dried. For fragrance use a good smelling fabric softener.
If you want to know why I buy distilled white vinegar by the gallon click on over to Many Uses For Distilled White Vinegar~ I use it for cleaning, as a rinse agent in my dishwasher and as fabric softener too!
When I was doing research for my Many Uses For Distilled White Vinegar post I ran across this “recipe” for Homemade Fabric Softener on Pinterest, having purchased a frontloading washer back in October I have found that no matter what I did my clothes never seemed to have that fresh smell even when taken right from the dryer.
So I tried this recipe knowing that distilled white vinegar both reduces static cling and odors. It works….. and it works well and I promise you won’t be smelling like vinegar.
It does the job and for pennies on the dollar.
So here’s the recipe:
Homemade Fabric Softner
6 cups water
3 cups distilled white vinegar
2 cups of inexpensive hair conditioner
Mix together. Stirring well, pour into a 1 gallon container. (shaking will make it foam up) Use your normal amount in your rinse cycle.
Try it and let me know what you think. I love it!
I found the original recipe here.
Vinegar has been used for thousands of years and not only is a economical it is a very versatile, natural, non toxic, environmentally friendly product. Distilled white vinegar (DWV) can be used as an antiseptic, mold and mildew killer and much more.
This site is all about ways to get by on a budget. You can buy a 16 ounce bottle of Distilled White Vinegar is 78¢ at Walmart and you can use it for cleaning, cooking, deodorizing, disinfecting, in your kitchen, laundry, bathroom.
Note: It is suggested that you use gloves when cleaning to protect sensitive skin.
- Use in your dishwasher in place of a rinse agent: works just as well and for a fraction of the cost.
- Clean and Deodorize the dishwasher: Pour in 1 cup of DWV and run a full cycle. Removes soap deposits and odors.
- Remove hard water: Sprinkle the area with baking soda, add some white vinegar, allow to sit for a few minutes, scrub clean. Rinse with water and dry.
- Deodorize Drains and Garbage Disposals: 1/2 cup baking soda, pour in 1/2 cup DWV let sit for 5 minutes, flush with hot water.
- Clean windows and mirrors: Mix equal parts DWV and water into a spray bottle, spray on your window and clean with newspaper for a sparkling clean, streak free shine. (newspaper is lint free and gets the windows much cleaner than paper towels and FREE)
- Clean the dirty oven door window: Open the door, cover window area with a rag soaked in full strength DWV, let is set 10-15 minutes, clean.
- Disinfect and clean baby toys: Add some DWV to some soapy water.
- Get rid of hard water on shower: In a zip lock bag add equal part DWV and water, tie over shower head, leave on at least one hour after bubbling has stopped, remove, run the shower.
- Mopping: Add 1/2 cup to 1 gallon of mop water and you will have a shiny clean no wax or linoleum floor.
- Clean Grout: Apply DWV let set for a few minutes, scrub clean with a brush.
- Microwave: Bring 1/2 cup DWV and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a microwave safe bowl. Food splatters will wipe away easily and odors will disappear.
- Remove Calcium Deposits on faucets: Wrap area with paper towel wet with full strength DWV and let soak overnight. Clean and rinse with water. For severs deposits clean with paste of equal parts DWV and salt, rinse with water.
- Remove odors from plastic containers: Soak in DWV, then wash as usual.
- Smelly Lunchbox: Soak a piece of bread and place in the lunch box, close the lid and let it sit all night.
- Clean your refrigerator: Spray and wipe clean with DWV. Cleans and deodorizes.
- Remove mineral deposits from your coffeemaker: Brew one part DWV to two part water in coffee pot. Discard, brew with just water twice before making coffee. Recommend that you consult your coffeemaker owners manual.
- Rice: Add 1 teaspoon DWV to water. Rice will be fluffier and less sticky.
- Fruit and Vegetable Wash: Kill bacteria by washing with a solution of 2 tablespoons DWV and 1 pint of water, rinse well.
- Near empty jar of mayonnaise or salad dressing: Add a little bit of DWV shake well and it’s good to the last drop.
- Remove cooking odors from house: simmer a pot of water and DWV on the stove.
- Clean your washing machine: Run a full cycle with 1 cup of DWV
- Forgot and left your clothes to sour in the washer: Run them through a cycle with 1 cup DWV, then wash again.
- Use as fabric softner: 1/4 in the final rinse cycle acts as a fabric softner, reduces static cling, keeps bright clothes bright
- Remove Tomato Based stains: dab with a mixture of equal parts water and DWV before washing
- Mustard stain: dab with full strength DWV
I found this recipe for on Pinterest and I can’t wait to try it:
Scented Fabric Softner
6 cups water
3 cups DWV
2 cups of an inexpensive hair conditioner (a scent of your choice)
Pour into a 1 gallon container, stir well, do not shake (that will cause it to foam). Use in your rinse cycle as normal.
- Fruit Flies: Sit out a bowl of DWV on the counter
- Ants: Spray DWV around stove, cabinet base, doorway to repel ants
- Bug spray: Mix equal amounts water, DWV and liquid hand soap into a spray bottle, apply as needed.
Pet Care and clean up
- Repel Fleas: Add to your dogs drinking water. 1 teaspoon per quart.
- Repel Fleas: Add 1 cup DWV to dogs bath water will kill existing fleas and repel others.
- Accident on the carpet: Blot up the urine, clean with a mixture of equal part water and DWV. Sprinkle with baking soda let sit overnight, vacuum up the baking soda.
- Cat scratching your furniture?: Spray furniture with DWV, she’ll stay away.
Health and Beauty
- Antiseptic: Dab on cuts and scrapes
- Make nail polish last longer: Dab nails with DWV before applying nail polish
- Sunburn: Spray sunburned areas with DWV to sooth, may even prevent peeling.
- Sore Muscles: Add DWV to your bath and soak for a while.
- Remove Build up on your hair: Rinse hair with DWV.
- Itchy Dry Skin: Add 2 tablespoons DWV to bath water.
- Bee or Jellyfish sting: Dab with DWV to lessen the pain.
*The uses and tips described here were found from a variety of resources, including consumer suggestions, articles and other published resources. These uses and tips have not all been tested or documented by, and are not endorsed by Ground Beef Budget.
Around here I don’t just share recipes to cook but also cost saving recipes to make DIY cleaning producuts! Over the years I have read many “recipes” on how to make DIY cleaning supplies. There are a few I have tried they work well and are money savers. Here is a roundup of links that I have found.
Frugally Green shares a recipe for making Laundry Soap and a ingenious way to store and dispense it. Many people swear by this laundry soap and it lasts forever! I am going to have to try it.
The Farmer’s Nest shared the instructions for making Liquid Hand Soap~I gallon costs around $5
Creatively Domestic has a recipe and instructions for DIY Oxiclean!
I have to admit I love Scrubbing Bubbles but I am going to have to give this recipe for Tub and Shower Magic from Food.com a try.
Crunchy Betty has a post battle of the DIY Glass Cleaners, scroll on down the page and find the recipe for the winner at 48 cents a bottle, you can’t beat that!
Plain white vinegar is like magic, there are so many uses! For years I have used as my dishwasher ‘s rinse agent and it works like a charm, spot free glasses every time. No more buying $3 bottles of Jet Dry! Use it as a rinse agent in your washing machine instead of fabric softner and it will prevent static in your dryer and your clothes don’t smell like vinegar….I promise.
Be sure to send me any tried and true recipes you have for cleaning products~I need one for cleaning a glass top stove!!! Anybody got one??????
I love comments….send them my way!