Ok I know I was really excited about my first recipe for DIY laundry detergent, but unfortunately…it’s not gonna cut it. Well to be honest, it was good while it lasted, for regular soiled clothes, but the true test came when my daughters caught a vomiting virus a couple of weeks ago. I had to wash their sheets, blankets and clothes 2-3 times to get the smell out. Eww.
So I asked my sister which DIY detergent they used, and she told me about this one. I asked her if she thought it was strong enough to handle vomit and while she hasn’t experienced that personally, she did vouch for the fact that it works on her sons underwear, and that he poops his pants daily. Nice.
The recipe we used was from this blogger, and she has hundreds of comments about its success. You can check out the link if you are interested, and you can see how I made it below!
*My disclaimer is that this recipe does require more than my previous detergent, and is not as “natural”. However a plus side to this new recipe is that it only requires 1-2 tablespoons, yes tablespoons, per load. Pretty awesome, right? Making just one batch of this stuff could easily last you an entire YEAR! For less than $30! You just mix together the following:
- 1 box of borax (4lb 12oz)
- 1 box of super washing soda (3lb 7oz)
- 1 tub of Oxiclean (3lb)
- 2 bars of Zote soap (14.1oz) grated like cheese
- 1 bottle of Purex Crystals fabric softener
- 1 box of baking soda (4lb)
(All of the items above can be found in the detergent aisle at Walmart except for the baking soda which is on the baking aisle)
I have washed about 10 loads with this DIY detergent and have no complaints thus far. I’ll let you know how I feel about it the next time we get sick. Let me know what you think of it too!