12.31.2012

DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

Cody and I have been wanting to make our own laundry detergent for a while now. We finally got around to doing it recently and I wanted to share how easy it is to make. It will save you tons of money in the long run. The start up cost for us was around $20. That is for everything, including a bucket to store the detergent in. After you have used up your first batch, you will only have to buy a bar of soap the next time. We got our recipe from Tip Nut. They have multiple recipes on their website for making laundry detergent. We selected recipe number one. Here is a step by step look into how we made ours...

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Before putting in the melted soap, we added about 18 drops of the scented oil.
Kara's cat was very interested in what we were doing. He is such a cutie.

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Above you can see that your detergent will become a gel. This is how it's supposed to be.
You need to keep your laundry detergent covered while storing it in your bucket.
This is why we bought a bucket that came with a lid.

On a side note, I am upset that I bought Arm & Hammer washing soda because they test on animals. I did not know this till my sweet blogger friend Aubrey told me recently. (Thanks Aubrey.) When you think of baking soda, your brain automatically thinks of that orange box that says Arm & Hammer on it. So if you want this to be a vegan (not animal tested product) you can just buy another brand of baking soda. You can actually bake baking soda to make it into washing soda. (link HERE.) Also Aubrey has a great recipe for laundry detergent on her blog that you can also check out HERE. We had a blast doing this and plan to make bar soaps and body washes as well. I like that there are options for everyone.

I am also fed up with buying animal tested products by accident. It angers me.
PETA has a list of companies who DO NOT animal test on their website HERE if you are interested.

12 comments:

  1. It's inspiring that you do that. I've recently got rid of all 'showerrelated' things that have animalbased products in it or that are tested on animals. We have a great shop here (the body shop) that's awesome to buy products that are GOOD. Now I just need to cut back every other product that I can (but it's expensive so it's one thing at a time).

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    1. It's something that you just do as things run out. That's what I have been doing over the past year. It's also so helpful when you have a store that you can shop at that offers a great selection. :)

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  2. Oh, cool! I've been thinking about making my own... This will get me to thinking about it more!!

    also, I left something for you over on my blog!
    http://blog.adriennerose.me/2012/12/liebster-award.html

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    1. Thanks for my award. :) We actually really had fun making it. Plus there are so many options out there. I basically wanted people to see that it's simple to do in general. I hope you do it, let me know.

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  3. I am TOTALLY going to do this soon.

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    1. YAY! Leave me a link when you do, if you post about it. It's really fun and simple. :)

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  4. This is so cool!!!! I'm glad it turned out!

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    1. Me too! It seems good also. The clothes do not have a strong scent after being washed, but they are clean. Plus, you change the scents and add more if you like.

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  5. That is very cool! I've been trying a lot of homemade cleaning products lately and they seem to work much better than store bought (not to mention the cost savings). I'll have to try this!

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    1. I know! It's really amazing. Let me know if you do it. :)

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  6. I see you were more drawn to the liquid version. :) Thanks for linking to my laundry detergent post Jessie. Don't sweat it though, really, don't beat yourself up. It's not worth the sweating because you are a good person with good intentions and we are only human.

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    1. I would like to try powder next time. I think it's fun to try different things. :) Cody picked out the recipe. I try not to beat myself up, I just find it frustrating. I do want to try your recipe sometime. :)

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