This stuff is amazing. It gets out almost any stain, you only need one tablespoon per load–and, as the title suggests, it only takes five minutes to make, with no cooking involved! Plus, the ingredients are dirt cheap. It equals out to just a few cents per load of laundry. We, as a family of 6, use it daily for everything from clothes to cloth diapers, and it does the job well every time. Make it yourself via the DIY tutorial below, and roll over any of the images to see the Pin It button & save for later!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 Mason Jars (Quart size)
1 5oz bar Fels Naptha soap
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)
Essential Oils (Optional–we use tea tree and lavender sometimes, but it smells just great without)
You can find Fels Naptha, Borax and Super Washing Soda in the detergent aisle at almost any grocery store, and essential oils at any Whole Foods or similar place. You will also need an Osterizer or similar blender that has a detachable head on the blending jar–if you don’t have one of these, though, there is a workaround included. :) The recipe here is for 2 Mason Jars worth of laundry detergent (though I was making a much larger batch in the photos). This will last most families 1-2 months, maybe longer.