Are you either on a tight budget, prefer homemade stuff, or really just into crafts and DIYs? If yes, then try this project: homemade laundry detergents. Not only id it fun to do, but it is also pretty useful, too. Plus, you may get to choose the ingredients and alternatives for the product and choose your preferred fragrance; so why not just create your own?
Why Do People Make Homemade Products?
One thing about commercial products? They are easy and ready to use. You just go to the market, choose your product, pay for it, take it home, and then you can already use it whenever you like. In the case of homemade products, they take a lot of time to make, not to mention the preparation time as well. In order to make homemade products, you will be needing a lot of tools and ingredients (or raw materials); the processing time also changes depending on what you are actually making.
If the mentioned difference between homemade products and commercial products clearly shows how more convenient commercial products are, why are there people who would rather take their time to create homemade ones?
It depends on the person’s preference in terms of fragrance, etc.
The good thing about homemade products is their flexibility and ability to fit the person’s preference. In laundry detergents, for example, there may be people who do not like the scent of the commercialized ones or they do not like the content or how the detergent was made; and if chances like these start to surface they still have the choice to freely make their own homemade detergent.
Some people want to save money.
This actually depends on an individual’s financial capability and budget, since not all people are given the financial riches. Actually, most commercialized detergents are somehow affordable and you don’t really have to be rich to be able to buy one. But there are also ways to limit the spending by making homemade laundry detergents that are made from cheap but effective materials.
There are people who love getting their hands dirty.
Not literally dirty, but there are some people out there who love making their home products by themselves, and this is not only limited to laundry detergents. People who are into homemade products actually have different reasons why they would rather make these on their own. They can also be considered as people who make D.I.Y.s as their hobbies, and at the same time, they can make useful products too.
They seem to be more effective compared to commercial products.
According to most people who have tried homemade laundry detergents, they give better results than the commercial detergents. The reason why this is possible for homemade detergents is because the raw materials used for them can be chosen by the person themselves. So if they want a homemade detergent that cleans better than the commercial ones, they can pick a more powerful cleanser or whitener. If the person wants a homemade detergent that removes even the strongest odor, they can get additional ingredients that can get rid of those.
Are Homemade Laundry Detergents as Effective as the Commercial Ones?
Based on a few trials and experiments, there are some areas where homemade detergents are complete winners when compared to commercial detergents; both liquid and powder.
Creating homemade detergents is actually not a new idea, it has been done by people a lot of times in the past already. There may also be a time in history when the usual laundry detergents have not existed yet, so the people during those times have no other choice but to make their own.
There are a lot of homemade detergent recipes (I will be giving an example in a while) and this makes them versatile and adjustable. You can just try adjusting the effect of the solution depending on your needs, and then find the needed ingredients or raw materials to achieve the wanted result.
By combining the perfect ingredients, the wanted result will be attainable. There is one particular experiment that was conducted by Ms. Kathy from www.cornerstoneconfessions.com which showed positive results when the homemade detergent formula was compared to two different commercial detergents (both liquid and powder). She actually made a table to compare the results of all three laundry detergents by their cost, effectivity against stains, and removing unwanted odor.
The winner of the lowest cost was a no-brainer: it was the homemade detergent. She used simple products like borax, a Fels-Naphta bar, and washing soda in making her own homemade liquid laundry detergent. How much did it cost her? It was only about $0.02 per load! A few cents lower compared to the other two detergents.
In removing stains, the top one spot goes to the liquid laundry detergent. But the homemade detergent still took the second place which still makes it better when compared to the powdered laundry detergent.
Getting rid of the odor? The top performer is the homemade laundry detergent.
In conclusion, the performance of the homemade detergent has not shown any sign of disappointing. It never left a single stain or bad odor, what it left was a great impression on how it can compete with famous and branded commercial detergents. The homemade detergent gave positive results all throughout the experiment, and this shows its capability to be used as a substitute or maybe it can completely be preferred by more people this time.
Sample Homemade Laundry Detergent Formula
There are many variations in making homemade detergents, but it is actually very simple and not that hard to make. The result and performance of the finished product will fully depend on which ingredients and raw materials were used.
Although homemade laundry detergent making is versatile, there are a few basic ingredients that are essential for the process. Below is a simple recipe for basic homemade laundry detergent: (The basis of measurement is the amount of borax)
- A few cups of borax (a cleaning agent)
- Another few cups of washing soda (another cleaning agent)
- Half amount of cups of baking soda (for cleaning and fighting odor)
- Few cups of grated bar soaps (for fragrance)
- Additional drops of essential oils for more natural fragrance
Making homemade laundry detergents are not that bad. Maybe it’s time to try one for yourself and see if it suits your taste and preference.