The most exciting thing about making your own laundry detergent is the money you will be saving! All the materials you will need can be found at Walmart for about $10 (you will have some left over for the next batch) and since you only use 2 tablespoons per wash load this batch should last you a LONG time! It’s low suds, so, from what I hear, it should be just fine in HE washing machines.
– 6 cups Borax
– 4 cups baking soda
– 4 cups washing soda
– 4 cups Fels-Naptha bar soap 2 bars)
– large bucket/bowl
– Mason Jars
…AND AWAY WE GO…
1. GRATE: Unwrap the Fels-Naptha soap and finely grate using a cheese grater. If you leave the soap out (unwrapped) to dry you can use a food processor to save you some arm ache.
2. MIX: In the large bucket mix Borax, baking soda, washing soda and grated Fels-Naptha soap. MIX WELL.
3. STORE: Divide the soap into the mason jars and screw the lids on tight. Place them in the pantry or washroom until ready for use. Yields 4-1 pint mason jars (I only had 1/2 pint jars at the time, but I will be transferring them into larger jars).
4. WASH: Use 2 tablespoons per load.
OR MAYBE THIS: Replace your fabric softener by adding vinegar to the rinse cycle and save ALL your laundry money for something fun!
UPDATE (sep 26, 2013): ADD A SMALL BOTTLE OF DOWNEY UNSTOPABLES. I USE THE “FRESH” SCENT (BLUE BOTTLE). IT ADDS EVEN MORE YUMMY “FRESH” SMELL AND A BEAUTIFUL POP OF COLOR!
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