Ok, we FINALLY did it! Kelli and I had to try this do it yourself laundry detergent. It not only is SOOOO dang cheap, but it really does an incredible job cleaning as well! Here are some snap shots of how we did it:
Here is what you need:
- 25-30 Drops doTERRA Purify Essential Oil
- 1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb.
- 1 Box of Borax 4 lb. 12 oz.
- 1 Box of Super Wash Soda 3 lb. 7 oz.
- 1 Tub of Oxy-Clean (or generic) 3 lb.
- 3 Bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz.
Grate all three bars of Fels-Naptha soap. I used the smaller side of the cheese grater. This is the ONLY part of this process that took some effort. I read you could use a food processor too, but I gave mine away! :)
This is about the consistency you want the grated soap to be so it dissolves easily in the washing machine:
Pour each ingredient into a 5 gallon bucket so there is room to stir. This will cause a bit of a dust storm so you will want to stir slowly.
Stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. This fills the bucket about half full. I put the lid on tightly and turned the bucket upside down and rolled it around a bit to help stir it as well. But you have to be sure your lid is on very tightly or you will really have a mess!
Now is the time to add your essential oil. I used Purify because I love the clean smell and it’s ability to remove odor. You could use lavender, lemon, citrus bliss, or the essential oil of your choice. I used 25-30 drops.
Mix it together well.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!!
All it takes is 1 Tablespoon per load! It cleans very well, better than the detergent I was using. We will never buy regular, high priced laundry soap again! If you have a really dirty load, you can add an additional Tablespoon of detergent to the wash cycle. This pail of detergent should last you a LONG, LONG time!