So now, I want to offer you an alternative to all the laundry detergent. Even the generic brand can cost you an upwards of $8-10 a bottle and up to $15 for name brand. For two people, I do about 3-4 loads of laundry a week, and that doesn't count the fact that we have to wash my husband's work uniforms every three days. So detergent adds up fast! These four simple ingredients will give you 94 loads of laundry PLUS 14 or so loads in the dishwasher.
Here is what you'll need:
First, grate the bar soap (I use the finer grated edges as I find the soap dissolves better).
Equal parts of washing soda and borax and grated soap. 1:1:1 (To make in bigger batches, simply double it!)
You only need 1-2 tablespoons PER LOAD. It is very potent stuff!
For extra fluff, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash.
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
This yields 14 loads of detergent. Feel free to double or triple the recipe.
If you have a rinse aid area, use vinegar in the rinse aid. You can also put in a cup of vinegar in each load to help with hard water or residue.
A few notes....
You can mix the detergent in a food processor if you want to make sure they are really mixed well.
I would love your feedback on how your homemade laundry detergent is treating you!