There are a few daily essentials that I really hate buying...They are toilet paper, dog food, and laundry detergent. I don't know exactly why I have singled these three out, but I think it has something to do with the fact that I run out of them at the same time. So when I always seem to buy them in the same trip it is frustrating because all of the sudden I'm spending $50 at Target and I'm walking out with 3 boring items. So during my last trip I decided that I would have to try making my own laundry detergent next time. So here we go...I used this post as a reference and just slightly adjust everything (my batch wasn't as large as hers). I also read a couple of other posts about homemade laundry detergent, just to get a feel for the different proportions of each item. Here is what you need...
6 cups of Borax -$3.38 for the box
2 bars of Fels-Naptha Soap -$.97/bar
5 Cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda -$3.24 for the box
2 cups of Baking Soda $.68/box
1 Cup of Oxi-Clean -$3.86
Use a cheese grater to grate the fels-naptha, then mix everything else together and store in a jar with a lid. The end - easy peasy! And the total cost was $13.10. Plus, I have left over borax, super washing soda, and oxi-clean for the next time I need to make a recipe of detergent. But, I am not going to need more detergent for a very long time.
You only need 1-2 Tbsp. of this detergent per load, and looking at my container I seriously think I have a year's supply. I'll let y'all know when it runs out.
I have successfully done my first load and I don't exactly know what to look for, but it looks great to me. I inspected the clothes before I put them in the dryer and they looked good. The detergent isn't super fragrant, but you could use fabric softener if you like for your clothes to smell a little stronger.