Thursday, December 23, 2010

DIY Laundry Detergent

Are you still buying laundry detergent?  I'm not.  Not ever since I came across Jabs Homemade Laundry Detergent.  I was skeptical at first.  But I have to say when you read the site, the breakdown of the average store-bought stuff at 21 cents a load compared to 5 cents or less a load for this stuff, how can you not at least try it out.  I made it while sitting on my couch watching tv.  It really takes no time at all and saves a ton of money.

It's simple...1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax and 1 bar of grated soap.  They say you only have to use 1 tablespoon, but I use the scoop from my old OxyClean's probably closer to 2 tablespoons.  I throw it in, run the hot water for a minute, then switch to cold and put my clothes in.  My friend adds some extract or tea oil or something for fragrance, but I'm fine with the no-smell approach. 

There are a million and one comments on their site, so read through and see the things people did and didn't like, and the substitutions they made.  (BTW I know I sound info-mercially but I just like to share the cool stuff I find.)


  1. UPDATE: I filled the fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar and it seemed to do a good of a job as I've heard. And it didn't smell like vinegar when it was done.

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  3. Nice to read your detergetnt powder making experience, i will also try this to my home, I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences. My Lab Guide