I thought I would share the recipe and encourage you to try it! It literally took me only 5 minutes to make. Plus the amount of money saved compared to commercial detergent is amazing. (We are talking a savings of $4-$8 per bottle!) Yeahhhhh Boyyyyyy!!!!! (imagine me saying that in my best Flava Flav voice!)
Here you go!
What you need: (all of this can be found in the laundry section of your local grocery store!)
20 Mule Team Borax
Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
Ivory Hand Soap (there are other alternatives out there for soap- just search the internet for "homemade laundry detergent" and you'll find other options that work just as well.)
How to Make It:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar of Ivory soap- grated
First, grate the bar of soap with a good ol' fashioned cheese grater. (The soap is soft enough to cut into smaller pieces and run through a food processor or a grinding attachment for a Kitchen Aide Mixer as well.)
In a large bowl or bucket (depending on how much you want to make) combine Borax, Washing Soda, and grated soap together.
Mix well, breaking up any clumps that form.
BAM! You are done!
Store in an air tight container.
Use 1 Tbsp for a small to medium sized load or 2 Tbsp for a large load.
1 "batch" of detergent should last approximately 40 loads. If you make a 5 gallon bucket of it- it should last approximately 10 months or so (depending on the amount of laundry that you do!) Just think- 10 months of detergent for a grand total of $10.