I've been using homemade laundry detergent since January, and I LOVE it. You may have seen tutorials or heard of others making it, too. This isn't anything new, but I do like to try something out before I recommend it. I'd say we've given the detergent a fair shot, and it has exceeded our expectations. Not only is it easy to make, but it is cheap (approximately $.05 per load).
Homemade Laundry Detergent
-1 bar Ivory soap (I use Pure & Natural)*
-1 C 20 Mule Team Borax
-1 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 T detergent per load (2 T for soiled laundry)
*Some have noted that their recipe calls for 2 bars of soap. I've had great results with just one; however, our clothes do not get very dirty. If you have children, or if your line of work leaves your clothes more soiled, you may want to try 2 bars.
|Microwave your soap in a large bowl for 5 1/2 minutes. I make a triple batch but only microwave one bar at a time. The soap gets very hot, so let it cool for several minutes.|
|When it's cool enough to handle, rub the soap "blob" between your hands to make a fine powder.|
|Add 1 C each of the borax and soda. Mix well.|