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30 Days of DIY: Day 15 – DIY Laundry Detergent

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Welcome to 30 Days of DIY! These posts will be on, well, DIY (do it yourself) projects. I will be focusing on DIYs to save money, reuse things and make expensive stuff for less!



Check out Previous Projects HERE


Here is a great money saver! Make your own! It’s super easy and after reading it I bet it smells AMAZING!



Here is what you need:


1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (we chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)

2 (2 lb) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get 1 4 lb box, we just couldn’t find it when we went)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Found in the detergent aisle (This is 100% optional. Like I said, my laundry detergent must smell good and I really like soft towels)



Once I windle down of of my Laundry soap stock I want to give this a try!


Now head over to How She Does It for the step by step with pictures!

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Hey everyone, I'm Danielle, I am the owner of The Frugal Navy Wife and Roadschooling with The Frugal Navy Wife and Author of "How to Have Your Dream Wedding for Under $1,500".

I am a Wife, mom to 4 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).

I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!

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  1. I have been making laundry soap for about six months now. The recipe I use is similar, I just make it in small batches. 1 cup of borox, 1 cup of washing soda, 1 bar of fels naptha. I also use fels naptha as my stain remover. Both work awesome, my hubby is a farmer is always covered in dirt and grime but this stuff get it off and gets the clothes clean. I notice the clothes are softer too because there aren’t any detergents sticking to the clothes and leaving a film.

    A good idea as a sub for fabric softener is to get two or three tennis balls and leave them in the dryer and for scent put several drops of essential oil on a towel and throw it in the dryer. Fabric softeners leave a film on your clothes and in your dryer vent which can increase the risk of fires from lint!

  2. I know this can last up to a year but about how many loads?? Thank you.

  3. Would this be safe to use in the high efficiency washers?

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