DIY Laundry Detergent and Money Saving Tips
DIY Laundry Detergent
Across the web are varieties of ways to make laundry detergent, from powdered to liquid. Though the liquid variety is a bigger money saver, I've found it less effective in cleaning. My favorite is a very simple powder.
DIY Powder Laundry Detergent:
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda (not Baking Soda)
1 Bar soap, shredded (a hypoallergenic mild kind is great for skin allergies, but I've found Fels Naptha to work well...and it smells good.)
Just combine all of the above ingredients and it's done. For most of my larger loads of laundry, I will use two tablespoons.
If you find that it doesn't clean good enough or you, try a tablespoon of Oxy Clean to boost its effectiveness. Cheaper alternatives to Oxy Clean can be found at the Dollar Tree, if you have one in your area.
How To Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap
DIY laundry soap ingredients
Laundry Alternative -Eco Nuts
One great item I have found to be effective at cleaning laundry and is a cheap alternative to regular laundry soap, is Eco Nuts. These soap berries have been used for centuries to clean clothes and are very popular in the organic community.
Though marketed as Eco "Nuts", they are not a nut at all. They are actually the dried shell of a berry from the Sapindus mukorossi tree, which grows in the Himalayas.
But do they work? Yes, they do. I have used them myself over the last year and they leave my clothes with a fresh clean scent, free of harsh perfumes and unnecessary additives. Best of all, I don't have to pay a hefty price for a cleaning product that doesn't irritate my children's sensitive skin.
Have you tried a Washing Ball?
What is a Washing Ball?
The Washing Ball is another economical choice in laundry cleaning. This simple little ball is filled with ceramic beads. They work by changing the Ph balance of the water and boast the ability to clean clothes without soap. One positive of not using soap is reducing the wear on your clothing. Harsh soaps can eat away at material over time.
But does it work? From my view: yes and no. The Washing Ball can only be used in cold water, so if you have clothing that needs to be washed in hot, this isn't a good choice. I also noticed that very soiled clothing did not become clean when I used it. This is only my own experience; yours might be different.