I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I use homemade laundry detergent and I love it. Not only is it super, super cheap–around 2-3 cents per load of clothes–but I love how I can customize the scents. I also like how good it is on sensitive baby skin, how it’s low in suds, and how “home ec-ky” it makes me feel.
I was going to do a picture tutorial on how to make it, but decided it was just too easy. You only need three basic ingredients: washing soda (Arm and Hammer), Borax, and Ivory Soap. I wash my old linens in Borax so I already had it on hand and we use Ivory Soap in the shower. Both can be found at any grocery store or Walmart. Now, the washing soda is a little harder to find. I actually ordered mine off ebay, but you can also find it on Amazon and in some grocery stores too.
Here’s the recipe I use:
1 c. grated (do it as fine as you can by hand first and then put it in a food processor–I use a Magic Bullet) Ivory Soap
1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. Borax
Mix it all up.
It’s that easy. During the summers I make cold-process (lye) soap and I was imagining a scary, time-consuming, caustic project like that when I set out to learn how to make laundry detergent…who knew it was going to be *this* easy?! I store mine in my Martha Stewart glass jars, but you could use just about anything.
I should note that I also use fragrances in my laundry detergent. I use the “essential oils” that I use with my soaps. I make pina colada, garden sage, and “clean baby” scents.
Also, I have a high efficiency front-loader washer and I have no problems with this detergent because it produces so little suds…but don’t worry, it still gets your clothes clean. For HE washers I use 1 tablespoon per load, for top-loaders I would use 2 tablespoonfuls.
So, there you have it. Easy and cheap. Could it get any better?