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Homemade Laundry Detergent…And No, I’m Not Amish

Here’s the low-down…in the fall/winter, my oldest children suffer with eczema and have for years. We have tried countless lotions, creams, potions, magical spells…and its only a “temporary” remedy. So I told myself over the weekend, let’s change detergent.

I’m a cheapskate. I have not always been this way, but life’s trials and tribulations as years have gone by, have certainly changed my thoughts on money and where to spend it. I’ve become the budgeting queen over here, and honestly, it’s the best thing ever. I love finding a great deal! I found a Dooney & Burke purse at Goodwill recently for $7. Yes, it’s real, and it looks just like yours, only $294 less than what you paid. Tell me bargain shopping ain’t awesome, friends! <—-“ain’t” is a word in Texas and I’m not afraid to use it…often y’all.

So I stood in front of the detergent in Walmart the other day and was like, “Yeah no, I’m not going to pay $15 for Free & Clear detergent that will last me MAYBE three weeks. I have three boys, remember? Laundry is often a daily thing around here, not a weekly “date”. Boys like to use their shirt sleeves as Kleenex and they just naturally attract dirt. Seriously, it just finds them.

I found a FABULOUS homemade laundry detergent recipe on a Google search. I have read countless blog posts over the past few days, but the comments and feedback left by readers on the particular post I chose was far better than any other I found. If you’d like to give it a try, here ya go! This woman’s blog is awesome. I spent over an hour looking through it.

I purchased all the ingredients needed for about $12 (Walmart & Sprouts). This includes the plastic tub that I bought at our local dollar store as well. For $12, I was able to triple the number of loads that a normal $15 detergent could buy me, for less money. Awesome.

Different recipes I saw called for different types of bar soap, but I chose to use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Soap. It’s vegan and smells heavenly!

Also, I mixed my detergent. Some websites said they found it easier to keep the ingredients separate, others said it was easier to mix them all together. I mixed them together to save time and make it easy for my children to scoop out and use when they do their own laundry.

I’ve already done two loads with this detergent and my clothes feel softer and smell incredible. Yes, this detergent is safe for HE washing machines. In fact, that’s another reason I wanted to try this detergent recipe. I deal with a musty smell sometimes, and its difficult to clean the washer after each use. This detergent not only cleans your clothes, it cleans your washing machine too! Love that.

When I told my husband that I was going to start making our detergent, he looked at me with a smirk on his face like I had just told him that I won a trip to the moon on the back of a flying elephant. Oh, that would be cool though, don’t get me wrong.

He replied with,

“Are we Amish, sweetheart?”

He then proceeded to say, “Oh, so does that mean that you’re going to start growing our food, buy a cow for the backyard to milk and make homemade toothpaste too?” He laughed. I did not. Guess I better scratch off the ingredients needed for homemade toothpaste from my grocery list this week….

There is nothing wrong with trying to save a little money, hopefully suppressing the eczema problem in our house, not to mention, taking care of our precious Mother Earth in the process. This is my start. We’ll see where it goes from here.

Happy “Green” Day ~


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