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.
1. Chop the bar of Fels Naptha soap into approximately 1″ cubes. Divide this in half and distribute between the two mason jars.
2. Add 1-1/2 cups of boiling water to each jar (we used purified water, but it will also work fine with plain tap water).
3. Cover jars loosely with caps and let sit overnight to gel.
4. Using a butter knife, make a criss-cross pattern in the gelled Fels Naptha. Make sure you cut all the way down to the bottom of the jar.
5. Add 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda to each jar.
6. Fill each jar to the shoulders with boiling water.
7. Attach the blender head only of an Osterizer or similar blender directly to each jar, and blend until smooth. The mixture should be about the consistency of mayonnaise.
Workaround for those without this type of blender–dump contents of jar into any blender, blend, then scrape back into jar for storage. If you only have a mixer with whisk attachment, this will work too but may take a bit longer. Just make sure you clean whatever you use REALLY well afterward before you use it with food.
Isn’t that gorgeous?! It will solidify a bit, but you can still scoop it out quite easily with a spoon or other utensil.
Use a tablespoon with each load of laundry. If you have a front-loading washer, put the detergent directly in with the clothes (not in the detergent tray)–it will begin to dissolve as soon as water enters the load.
The original recipe for this 5-Minute Laundry Detergent was from Budget101.com. They have lots of other great tutorials and resources, too!