I recently stumbled upon this intriguing post from a woman who crumples up aluminum foil into a ball and throws it into her dryer to eliminate static in place of a dryer sheet. The foil never needs to be replaced. So I’m wondering if any of you dear readers have heard of this idea or even tried it. Please, do tell!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you a recipe to make your own laundry detergent. I have been making laundry detergent since last summer when I got fed up with the price of detergent. Seriously, laundry detergent can be obscenely expensive. I figured there must be a way to make inexpensive detergent at home, so I did some internet research. There are LOTS of recipes for homemade laundry detergent, but most of them are for liquid detergent that requires boiling soap on the stove top and combining it with other ingredients to make a thick soupy mess that gets stored in big plastic buckets with lids. That just didn’t appeal to me and certainly didn’t seem to simplify life. Eventually, I found this post about making powdered detergent. I tried it once and I’ve been hooked ever since. Our clothes get just as clean as they did with expensive, store-bought detergent. I can’t imagine going back to buying laundry detergent again.
Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
- 2 cups borax
- 2 cups washing soda (this is not the same thing as baking soda)
- 1 bar of mild soap, grated (I routinely use Ivory soap because it’s mild and inexpensive)
Borax and washing soda may be found in your grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle. They’re very inexpensive — about $2-$3 each for a box — and each box will make several batches of laundry detergent using the recipe above.
Take a box grater and grate the Ivory soap. Alternatively, I have also just cut the bar of soap into about 6-8 pieces and ground them up in the food processor. Put the soap into a container with a lid. Here is the soap grated:
Add the borax and washing soda to the grated soap. Mix it all up.
Use slightly less than 1/4 cup of the mixture for a full load of laundry. I add the homemade detergent and turn on the water before I put the clothes in, just to give the soap a chance to dissolve.
So that’s it. Put a lid on the container, keep it out of reach of children, and you’re done. Easy and inexpensive. This recipe makes approximately 5 cups of laundry detergent which should last for about 25 loads of laundry. You can, of course, use a bigger container and just double or triple the recipe.
Now, about that aluminum foil ball….