May 16, 2013 12:20 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I needed dishwasher detergent, and surprise surprise, I was too lazy to go to the store. If I can make my own laundry detergent, why can't I make my own dishwasher detergent? Well, I can! Some recipes I found online called for citric acid, lemon juice, or even citrus oils, none of which I had and was obviously not going to go to the store to buy. Then, I found the simplest recipe ever, equal parts baking soda and Borax. All you need to do is mix the Borax and baking soda together. Then, add about two tablespoons to your dishwasher's detergent compartment, and run as usual. I mixed mine in a jar so I could just pour it in to the dishwasher.
The dishes seemed clean to me, so it looked like this homemade dishwasher detergent works. I'm not sure how it'll do with stuck on foods though because I'm one of those crazies that likes to scrub down my dishes before running through the washer. According to About.com, "Borax and baking soda are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives – just what you need to blast away stuck on food and germs. In fact, you may be interested to learn that Borax is a common ingredient in many commercial detergents."
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
(Inspired by About.com)
October 23, 2012 12:52 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I've already made two different kinds of laundry detergent here and here. There are a few "no grate" recipes out there which I'll have to try out some day. In the mean time, I like these recipes so I can use up all the bars of soap hiding in my cabinet. I just used my last fabric softener sheet so I might as well make my own fabric softener too! I saved my old Snuggle bottle to store it in, and I have a Downy Ball to use in the washing machine. All you need is some cheap conditioner (I picked up some VO5's for only 50 cents) and distilled vinegar (which I always keep around). My bottle is only 64 ounces so I divided the recipe below in half.
- 3 cups White Distilled Vinegar
- 2 cups Hair Conditioner (look for a 16oz bottle of conditioner to make your life easier!)
- 8 cups Hot Water
Mix ingredients together and pour into a storage container. Use about 1/4 cup per load in the rinse cycle or in a Downy Ball. That's it!
A few notes...
- Do NOT substitute Apple Cider Vinegar for any of these recipes. You’ll end up with dingy clothes.
- Do NOT use your homemade fabric softener on loads using bleach. Mixing bleach with vinegar can produce toxic fumes. Vinegar is a natural whitener so you really don’t need bleach anyway!
(Inspired by The Frugal Find)
May 10, 2012 12:19 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I've been using this recipe for laundry detergent since I posted it in December. It's a little labor-intensive and time consuming, but I thankfully found another recipe that doesn't require any boiling or stirring or water for that matter.
- Two cups finely grated soap
- One cup washing soda
- One cup borax
Mix the ingredients well and store them in an airtight container. Use two tablespoons of this mixture for every full load.
(Inspired by Savvy Sugar)
December 20, 2011 12:51 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Judge me all you want, but yes, I made my own laundry detergent and I love it! It's incredibly cheap, pretty easy to make, and works just as well as the store-bought kind.
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax (optional)
1 bar soap (I had Lever 2000 on hand, but any kind will work. This is perfect for that last bit of soap that's too small to use)
Approximately 3 gallons water
A large container with lid for storage
Cut bar of soap into small pieces. A box grater works really well for this.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
Add soap gradually and stir to dissolve.
Add 3 gallons of warm water to storage container.
Add washing soda, soap solution, and borax (if desired).
Let detergent sit for 24 hours.
Use approximately 1 cup of detergent for a large load of laundry.
Sorry I don't have pictures of the finished product. I dragged the bucket into the laundry room and the lighting is terrible. The consistency of the detergent will depend on what kind of soap you used, and can range from water to firm like Jell-o. Just be sure to mix well before use.