Household Management

A Month of Mondays: Laundry Make-It-Yourself!

This is the last of my laundry posts, I think. I’ve shared my family closet and our laundry routine. Oh wait, no—I do have one more I want to do after this.


Anyway… you might remember my laundry woes. First our dryer died, and then we got a new one through an amazing blessing by some of our church members. And then our washer started making a horrific scraping noise. I can’t even describe it. We had a repairman come over and $65 later he asked us if someone had dropped our washer. Um… I’d like to say that I am 100% sure no one dropped our washing machine, but with my children you just never know, so I said I didn’t think so. Turns out a bunch of stuff is somehow an eighth of an inch lower than it’s supposed to be and the metal thingie is scraping the other metal thingie. But the good news is that while it’s horrifically loud, it’s not dangerous or anything, and eventually the metal will wear itself into a new pattern and all will be quiet and well. Supposedly. Incidentally, I am pretty sure this is the same repairman who charged us $65 to pull a pencil out of the dryer vent when we first moved it. We do like to support our local appliance people.

So… new dryer, new loud washer. Life is interesting and we have clean dry clothes.

I have a laundry room pinboard here that includes some of my favorite handmade laundry products, but to highlight, here are a couple of my favorites.

For powdered laundry soap, I love the Duggar’s recipe:

1   Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup – Washing Soda
½  Cup Borax

Grate soap and process in a food processor until powdered.
Mix all ingredients.
For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons.
Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

Sometimes I like to use Dr. Bronner’s castille soap. The lavender smells yummy.

I’ve tried to make the liquid soap before, but I’ll be honest—I just didn’t like it. I do have more recipes for both liquid and powdered soap on my Pinterest page.

Another common laundry room product I like to make myself is stain spray. I like the one from Simple Homemade best but I have more on my Pinboard you can try.

Finally, I am really intrigued by this recipe for making powdered laundry soap out of soap nuts. Genius!

I always have my homemade detergent and stain spray on hand. Beyond that, I like to keep a container of free and clear detergent to use on diapers and some Biokleen Bac-Out on hand. We keep our laundry routine pretty simple. We have lots of hand-me-downs and personally, I don’t put a ton of energy into maintaining clothes. Stains don’t bother us too much. So our laundry routine is probably more simple than others might be comfortable with.

So, do you make your own laundry products?

2 thoughts on “A Month of Mondays: Laundry Make-It-Yourself!”

  1. I use the same dry detergent as you do (: Although I do equal parts of each of the 3 ingredients.

    However, for a long time, I’ve been using Gain because I found some on clearance for cheaper than I can make my own.

    The one thing that I’ve found with detergent (of all kinds, qualities and purposes) is that you need FAR less than the manufacturer shows and what I had thought.

    You know those scoops that come with the laundry detergent? I fill make 1/10, yes one TENTH of it. Just a smidge in the bottom, really.

    Our clothes are clean (and, it might also explain why I don’t get those yellow “detergent stains” anymore on anything.)

    Once my stockpile of make your own supplies is gone, I’ll probably just stick with Gain because I use so little each load, I don’t think it’s worth it to make my own. We’ll see.

    I love the way the homemade smells, though (:

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