Who Is She and What Has She Done with Mandy?

I can’t believe I did it.

I am sooooo not a Susie Homemaker.

But I did it any way.

I made my own laundry detergent for Pete and Sally.

I used the information from DIY Natural, which calls for:

1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, shaved

1 C of Borax

1 C of Arm and Hammer Soda Wash (not to be confused with baking soda)


**Note: I used half the bar of soap.  The recipe from the DIY Natural website used Ivory and that particular bar is considerably smaller than the Fels Naptha. Then I found this post and it seems my thinking was correct.


Each one of these ingredients were found on the laundry aisle of my local Publix.

It took five minutes to make.

Ok, maybe a little longer because my arms got tired while shaving soap.

I stored it in an empty baby wipe container.

It cost me $7.27 to make this, which is roughly the price of brand name HE detergent.  I imagine it will last much longer than the brand name stuff.   My HE machines, Pete and Sally, don’t like suds.  This recipe does not create a lot of suds.  Pete and Sally are happy machines.


And since I have decided to make my own detergent, I thought to myself,

“Why not go for the gold?”

I asked BP to hang a clothesline for me outside.

I have actually used it three times already and I am about to hang towels as soon as I finish this post.

I think I’ve lost my mind.




8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 13:10:23

    You really need to get back to work. HaHa!!

  2. Mandy
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 13:13:09

    LOL Probably so. You’ve missed me, huh? 🙂

  3. Angie @ Many Little Blessings
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 20:31:55

    Did the soap work well?

  4. Mandy
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 21:17:02

    It’s great! It made my laundry room smell so good and the clothes weren’t so bad either! 🙂

  5. Pooba
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 13:49:59

    What? You have gone mad! Haha! No, I am very impressed!

  6. Sara-Beth
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 21:43:32

    You go girl!! Very impressed. Maybe you should start an assembly line with all your helpers and sell to the rest of us 🙂

  7. MK
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 20:31:54

    I have always had a clothes line, and loved it, in fact I’ve NEVER, ever dried any sheets in my house, I love the way they smell after being outside!…

  8. Sharon
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 16:22:50

    Awesome!!! I recently asked Hyperactive Lu about homemade detergent. I am so tempted to try it. Maybe soon.
    Enjoy your detergent & clothesline! 🙂

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