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Monday, January 30, 2012

{Homemade Mondays} Homemade Laundry Detergent with Sewing Room Screaming


I am so excited for our guest today. Amy from Sewing Room Screaming is sharing such an awesome Homemade tutorial with us. Amy has a Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe, which I will definitely be using from now on. So lets get on with our Homemade Monday post for today....

Blog Meet Amy

Greetings and salutaions!

I'm Amy from Sewing Room Screaming back here again at Blissful and Domestic to show you how you can save big bucks by making your own laundry detergent. I have always used a liquid detergent and I was a little bit hesitant to try a powder but I am so glad I did! I spent 20 dollars on supplies and I hope to get about 8-9 months out of it- if I can ever stop giving people samples to try. 

4lb box of Baking Soda (down the baking isle)

4lb Box of Borox

4lb Box of Super Washing Soda (down the laundry isle right next to the Borox)

Oxi Clean- optional and amount is by preference. I only used 1lb.

3 bars of Fels-naptha soap OR Zote (*I could only find Fels-naptha at True Value Hardware Store. A friend of mine found Zote at Shoppers Grocery Store. And apparently you can also find Zote at Home Depot)

 Using a cheese grater, grate the soap.

 Using a 13gal trashcan lined with a strong trash bag mix all the ingredients together. I mix a little bit of each ingredient one at a time and reapeat. That way you have 4 layers of the combined ingredients.

The trashbag makes it easy to mix and  pour into a sealable container if you just nip the tip of one of the sides of the bag with scissors the powder with easily pour out.

I have a high efficiency washing machine and this works fine for me. It smells GREAT! My whites have never been whiter, even without using bleach.  I have also NEVER gotten any clumps in my wash and the soap dissolves in water. I use about 2 tablespoons per wash.

My Laundry Detergent 
Create a funky label at Picnik like I did. Use this detergent for yourself or divide it up and put it into mason jars and give it away as a gifts. Nothing quite says friendship like telling someone "Hey, you stink try using my laundry detergent I made specially for you stinky."

Come, visit, and follow me at Sewing Room Screaming to learn how to make Homemade Fabric Softener and also check out my thriftstore upcycles. You won't be sorry!


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  1. Hey

    Loving the idea of the laundry powder, however could you suggest a Uk friendly recipe that I could try please?x

  2. Yes please please give alternatives to those of us abroad who can't get the brands if you can..!

    Great job by the way:) Keep up the inspiring!!!

  3. Thanks for the providing this. I wonder if you would know if all/any of the ingredients for this detergent are nontoxic/ecofriendly. Thanks.

  4. is this good for sensitive skin and did you say you use two tablespoons for ONE LOAD


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