If you Google "home made laundry detergent", you will find a bunch of recipes for both liquid and powdered detergent. We prefer the powdered version, because it is easier to make and you make it in smaller batches.
The ingredients are simple:
1 bar of any castile soap, Ivory, or Fels-Naptha laundry soap.
1 cup of washing soda.
1 cup of Borax detergent booster.
Food processer or something to grind up and mix the ingredients.
That is all you need in the above quantity to make one batch of powdered laundry detergent.
|Fels-Naptha soap cut into chunks ready to be ground up.|
|Fels-Naptha soap after its first run through the food processor.|
I add in a little bit of either the soda or Borax and then run it in the food processor some more until it is ground into much smaller particles.
|Ground up Fels-Naptha soap with some Borax mixed in to help make it grind up better.|
|What your soap should look like after it is ground up.|
|Borax and washing soda added into ground up soap.|
|Finished laundry detergent.|
|The finished product.|
I have not done the math to see how much it costs us to make this, but the Fels-Naptha soap is around $.97 at Wal-Mart. The Borax detergent booster is around $4.50 for a 76 oz box and the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is around $3.25 for a 55 oz box.
So to add it up for one batch the soap is $.97 cents with the Borax and washing soda both costing $.47 cents a cup for a grand total of $1.91 a batch which is about 3 cups of powdered washing detergent.
Using 2 tablespoons of the washing powder per load will get you around 48 loads with the cost being $.04 cents a load. That is pretty cheap for a washing powder that does a great job.
Also I guess I just did the math.
If you are interested in the liquid version, here is a recipe for that off of The Thrifty Mama web site.
We also use white vinegar in place of fabric softener which also helps keep the washing machine clear of soap residues.
Well after making the last batch of washing detergent, we forgot to turn on the water while washing the food processor in the dishwasher and needless to say, it did not survive the high heat wash.
|Food processer after being exposed to a high heat wash without water in the dishwasher.|
Our tablespoon was melted too in the dishwasher disaster. I will not say who forgot to turn the water on, but it was not me.
Anyway, we hope you try this for yourself and see whether it is as good as we think it is, but of course, this is at your own risk and we do not take any responsibility if it messes anything up.
Everything we have read on the internet says it is OK to use in High Efficiency washers and we have not noticed any harm to ours, but in case it would cause you problems, remember, you can not always believe everything you read on the internet.
With that, we will call this a blog and post another one, later on in the future.
God bless and hopefully you and everyone around you are kept safe and out of harms way.
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