I recently ran out my beloved DIY detergent made with the popular recipe from How Does She. Don’t get me wrong, the recipe worked well and was extremely cost effective, but I had a couple issues with it. First, who has time to grate a bar of soap? No, seriously. Plus, I’m not the type to have a ton of kitchen gadgets, so having an extra grater around specifically for soap is just not going to happen. I threw out the last “soap” grater because I broke it before we moved to Korea, so I wasn’t about to buy another. Second, I was still having to pretreat cloths prior to washing. I have an extremely messy and adventurous toddler and a baby boy who just started eating solids and likes to have epic blowouts. Pretreating, soaking, and washing in hot water was becoming a pain in the you know what. So I figured it was about time I come up with my own stain busting diy detergent concoction.
I was originally hoping to use washing soda, but our local “American” grocery store didn’t have any and I couldn’t find one out in town. I improvised by buying a small box of Tide Ultra and I seriously could not have made a better accidental decision. I like to think this DIY detergent as a 3in1. It’s a fabric softener, detergent, and stain remover all in one. Holla!
I used the entire contents of the containers above EXCEPT the epsom salt. I only used one cup in the mixture and its totally optional. We have pretty hard water, so I didn’t want to overdue it with the epsom salt. It works as a great and cheap fabric softener, but it does make water hard… which means that your detergent won’t work or rinse as well. Great option for those of you with soft water.
I mixed everything in a 5 gallon orange bucket from Home Depot and very slowly poured it into a 2.5 gallon glass container I bought from Target last year. It took me less than ten minutes to make. I used the scoop that came in the Oxi Clean for my scoop and labeled the canister.
The great thing about this stuff is that I no longer need to pretreat the little mess makers’ cloths with sprays anymore. If it’s something particularly bad like washable paint or a little diaper leakage, I’ll immediately toss the cloths in the wash with a scoop of the DIY detergent and let it run on the pre-treat cycle and then add another scoop for the regular cycle. It even nearly got out (80%) a red wine stain my husband dribbled down his WHITE cotton shirt and works wonders on our white slipcovers without having to use bleach. I’m all about saving time and this stuff does the trick.
- Fill an empty muslin herb bag with rice and put it in your container to prevent the detergent from hardening from the excess moisture in the air. Works well for sugar canisters as well.
Have you tried making your own detergents? Have any recipes you love?