At some point, everyone has to learn how to wash laundry. As Mark Fettig says at the beginning of the video below, “We all have to have clean clothes.” However keeping clothes clean isn’t exactly the cheapest thing to do with having to dry-clean clothes and buy laundry detergent all the time. Fettig provides a way to maintain the cleanliness of a wardrobe and save money at the same time with his recipe for homemade laundry detergent.
Making laundry detergent at home is both effective and economical, which is why more and more individuals are opting for DIY alternatives to store-bought laundry aids. In Fettig’s tutorial, he presents an easy-to-follow demonstration on making liquid laundry soap at home, which begins with a basic overview of the materials required for the project. Fettig’s supplies include OxiClean, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, Borax, a 5-gallon bucket, and a bar of Fels-Naptha laundry soap, all of which can be easily purchased at a grocery store.
DIY laundry detergent is even more valuable when considering its money-saving capabilities. In an article published by CBS News, the company cites a statistic from the Environmental Protection Agency, which states that, “The average family washes nearly 400 loads of laundry a year — more than a load a day — and Americans spend more than $3 billion on detergent.” Money Crashers breaks down these numbers even further, explaining that when the hot water setting is used for each load of laundry, a family spends close to $608 a year on laundry.
Given the exorbitant amount of money the average American spends on laundry, it’s no wonder that DIY methods like Fettig’s are becoming increasingly popular. Fettig uses his YouTube channel 1881mf to share his passion for cooking, gardening, DIY, and recreational activities with his followers. Fettig also has another YouTube platform called LifeBuzzN, where he and his wife upload projects and updates from their home in Seymour, Tenn.