18 Months of Laundry Detergent

I won’t be posting much this week but that doesn’t mean I’m just laying around doing nothing. Wouldn’t that be nice?  One of the things on my to-do list for the week is to make a new batch of laundry detergent.

DIY laundry detergent that lasts 18 months!

I gave a review of the recipe I used last year and estimated that it would last me twelve months.

Well, I’m happy to announce that my twenty dollar supply of homemade detergent lasted me eighteen months (six more than expected)!  That equals out to roughly $1.11 a month for detergent averaging washing six loads a week.  I’m not sure how much of a savings that is over store bought detergent buy my guess is that I saved some major cash.  Which is pretty good especially for how well it cleans.  Sometimes I may have a stubborn stain or two but usually nothing a little Spray and Wash can’t handle… except for banana stains.  Do any of you Moms out there have advice on how to remove banana stains?

If you are interested in saving a little dough and making your own detergent check out this post.  There you can also find out why I was able to use it on Noah’s newborn clothes but chose not to for her cloth diapers.  In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.  I’m not sure if I’ll be back for Family Friday or not this week so wherever you are I hope God blesses you with a little sun and relaxation later this week!  Happy Birthday America!

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4 thoughts on “18 Months of Laundry Detergent

  1. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    That’s what is all over Kevin’s clothes!!! Thank you. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out why some of Kevin’s clothes are stained. What the heck!? Why doesn’t banana come out?!
    What do you use on the cloth diapers? That was my biggest reason for not doing it was getting different soap (lame I know) and our HE washer. Do you have an HE washer?
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    1. Krystle Post author

      I don’t know why banana doesn’t come out! I might have to research this because I would really like to get some of her bibs back white again.
      As for the cloth diapers I use Charlie’s Soap. One container costs around $12 and lasted me a little over a year. I use a quarter of the recommended amount of detergent. The key to clean diapers is less detergent and more water (rinse cycles). I don’t have a HE washer but Charlie’s Soap is fine for HE washers. My friend who has one recommends adding towels or something to the load so that the washer will fill up with more water and rinse the diapers clean. Again water is key. Thankfully my washer is old school so I just select “large” load and use a rinse, hot wash, rinse cycle… they are good and clean after that. 🙂

  2. Anne

    Very interested in trying this but, how well does this work when using cold water? I only wash in cold. Thanks 🙂

    1. Krystle Post author

      It works really well in cold water. That all I use too. I just made a new batch and this time added a lavender scented bar of soap for a fresh scent after washing. We love using this recipe! I hope you give it a try.


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