In my quest to start using more natural cleaning products I finally decided to try homemade laundry detergent. I found an amazing recipe that works great, is easy to make and is very inexpensive.
Borax 20 Mule Team
Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
Bar of soap (Ivory, Fels-Naptha, Zote)
2. Shave soap:
Shave the bar of soap into a mixing bowl. I use Zote laundry soap. Because it is a larger bar, I use one half of the bar for this recipe.
3. Add ingredients:
Add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda to the shaved soap.
4. Mix ingredients:
Mix thoroughly until smooth. Or shake it in it’s container. You could also put in a food processor to grind it up smaller. I have tried it both ways and don’t really have a preference.
That is all there is to it!!
Use 1 tablespoon per load, if load is extra soiled use 2 tablespoons. Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces, which equates to between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load.
Disclaimer: HE front loader users should research before trying this detergent. It is a low suds detergent and I have been told it's safe to use, but I do not have a HE front loader.
This will fill up a quart mason jar. You could store it in any container. You could also make several batches at one time and store it in a 5 gallon bucket. It would last a while and wouldn’t need to made again for a long time.
· 1 – 55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda = $3.15
· 1 – 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team® Borax = $4.29
· 1 – 1 bar of Zote Laundry soap = .99 cents
This price would buy you one large container non-brand name detergent. With this homemade method you get a lot more detergent. I have been very happy with using it, you will be too.