Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent & Pinterest Power Party!!


Since I have been on Pinterest, for about a year and a half, I have wanted to make my own laundry detergent. I have continued to see pins on so many different ways to make "the best" homemade detergent. Well about a month ago I was reading Love Pomegranate House, a blog that I follow, and she made her own detergent and made it sound very easy and effective. So, I thought I'd give it a try.

It takes 5 easy ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, Purex Crystals, Oxi Clean, and a Laundry Bar of soap. Easy enough right?? While I was shopping for the ingredients I couldn't find the laundry bar of soap or the washing soda at my first stop so I asked a girl that worked there for some help. After asking her for these two items, and telling her I was making my own detergent, you should have seen the look on her face!! She looked at me like I had just gotten out of my horse drawn carriage!! She said, "why on earth would you make your own detergent when you can buy a box already made???" I wanted to crawl into a hole!! I wasn't really sure at this point why I was making my own other than the fact that everyone else is doing it on Pinterest right???

Well, after coming home and putting my detergent together and doing my first load I can now tell you that it is a VERY good feeling to make your own and have your wash turn out looking great and smelling fantastic. I am very proud of making my own and I am saving a ton of money this way too. We have a family of six and I do laundry ALL of the time! At 1-2 tablespoons a load I am thinking it is going to last a long time.

Here are the measurements:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda
1/2 cup Powdered Oxi Clean
1/3 cup Scented Laundry Crystal (I used Purex)
1 bar Laundry Soap (I used Fels-Naptha. I found it at Wal-Mart)

Mix the first four ingredients into a container. Then you will need to grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater. Stir it all together and you are done.  When I was at Wal-Mart I saw a super pretty 2 gallon clear canister that screamed out at me, "I want to hold your detergent!!" so I had to buy it of course. :) Well, once I put my first batch in it filled up like an 1/8th of the canister.  So I went ahead and made 5 more batches using up all of my washing soda, Purex crystals, and 6 bars of soap. It is now a very full beautiful detergent container. :)

I love it!! And really hope that if you decide to give this project a try that you love it as much as I do. Have a good night and I hope you enjoy the Pinterest Party below!

Thank you Love Pomogranate House for the detergent recipe. :)

Hey friends! It's time for our weekly Pinterest Power Party!

GUESS WHAT!? We've created a Pinterest board for the weekly Pinterest Power Party! Be sure to follow our board here to see which links are featured or just catch our eye each week!

This party is to focus on YOU - the readers! Do you have a DIY project, frugal gift idea, or delicious recipe you want to share? Well, we want to see them and share them on our Pinterest boards too!!

Sew Much Crafting

So, you're asking...
How do I participate? Easy!
Be a Pinterest Follower of the three hosts as well as our co-hosts!
Heather @ Living on Love and Cents: Pinterest | Blog
Chrissy @ The Taylor House: Pinterest | Blog
Danielle @ Sew Much Crafting: Pinterest | Blog
Deanna @ Gloriously Made: Pinterest | Blog

Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family: Pinterest | Blog

Let's party!! Help us spread the word by grabbing the above button and putting it on your blog! You may link up your favorite projects, tips, recipes, and ideas! Please pin the two links before yours {and any others you like too!!}.

But wait, there's more!! Be sure to stop by next week and see if your link was featured! If you're featured, grab a button and wear it proudly on your blog!

Sew Much Crafting
Would you like to co-host with us? We have openings in some of our upcoming parties for people who would like to join us! Just send an email to Chrissy {} to find out which dates are available!
Are you ready to party and get your pin on?
Here are the features from last week!
{1} An Organized Freezer from de Jong Dream House
{2} Cinnamon Crunch Bagels from Half Baked Harvest
{3} How to Freeze Strawberries from Turnips to Tangerines
{4} Mickey Mouse Oreos from Busy Mom's Helper

{5} DIY Sofa Table from Let's Get Crafty
{6} Repurposed Can Herb Planters from Cozy Country Living
{7} Lemon Raspberry Phyllo Tarts from Lemon Tree Dwelling
{8} Upcycled Thrifted Lamp from The Happy Housie


  1. Deanna,
    Thank you for hosting. New follower, what a cute blog. Look forward to getting to know you. I host Tuesday Trivia @ Memories by the Mile and "Let Get Social Sunday". Hope you'll come visit.
    Wanda Ann @

    1. Hi Wanda Ann,
      Thank you so much for becoming a new follower. I was just over at your blog and LOVE what you do with your husband. How sweet are y'all?!? My husband is also my best friend. He works from home and I am a stay at home mom so we get to be together a lot. Several people have asked me how we do it without killing each other. We love it and wouldn't have it any other way. Safe travels to you and your husband and a blessed day.
      I'm also a new follower of yours and look forward to hearing about where you have been.

  2. Hi~ Just stopping by to tell you that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award~ For more information go to:

    1. Lynn, Thank you SO much for this nomination!! I am so honored that you are doing this for me. How Sweet. :) I can't wait to fill out the information and do this for someone else.
      Have a blessed day.

    2. Also, I'm a new follower of yours. ;)

  3. Thanks for hosting.. I pinned your laundry detergent and I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

    1. Thanks for stopping by Amie! I was just over at Pinkapotamus and am now your newest follower. :) I hope you have a great day. :)

  4. This is nice information blog. Thanks for Sharing.

  5. Love your ideas, this home made DIY are money saving. Thanks.


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