One of my least favorite things is having to buy laundry detergent. Why is it so expensive? Will I like the smell of this when it's baked into my clothes? Do I want pods, powder, or liquid? How artificial is this weird gunky stuff? Why don't they give this stuff away so we can all smell OK?
So when I saw Kim and Scott from Yellow Brick Home make THEIR OWN on Instagram stories, I had to try it. Thankfully they have a really helpful post on what they used. This post is from 2011, and I saw them making it on their story in 2016, so it's obviously worked for them!
Borax - One cup
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda - One cup
Fels-Naptha - One bar, grated
Here's my DIY laundry soap adventure...
I knew that I could find and order all of the necessary ingredients on Amazon and order them together, but I wanted to try to save a little money. I thought I was going to be able to find all of the ingredients at our local grocery store, so I went there first... I found Borax, after walking down the aisle twice. They had every type of Tide detergent you could think of, but no washing soda or laundry soap. I bought the Borax for $4.99, and I walked out with that and candy I had no intention of buying.
|Those Reese cups stuffed with pieces are my kryptonite right now.|
So I went to store #3! I went in and found them right away in the same aisle along with Borax. So... Now I know, ACE right away!
|FINALLY!!! I was so happy to see that disfigured arm holding a hammer.|
|Oh hi Borax, nice to see you for the third time today!|
|I had to stand on my tippy toes to get those bars... I was able to reach 3, so that's how many I bought. Next time, I'm taking Andrew so I can stock up. ;)|
|Thanks Mom for always making me grate cheese for Taco Dip, because that made this a little less difficult.... Wish this had been cheese instead of soap now... Mmmm..|
|Viola! I think I shredded the soap a little thick, so I make sure to shake and stir before getting my tbsp for the laundry.|
One box Borax - $4.99 (It was $6.99 at ACE)
One box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda - $4.99
One bar Fels-Naptha - $1.79
Yellow Brick Home says that each box of powder (Borax + Washing Soda) can make FIVE batches. So we're coming in much cheaper than store bought liquid or pods. I'm SO happy!