Laundry Detergent on the cheap and quality too!
Making your own laundry detergent is a good idea all around . It saves us dollars,helps with less pollution of our waterways and it keeps yet another container out of a landfill. This beautiful recipe comes from one of our members of the West Bend Community Time Bank. At the DIY (do it yourself )event I found this recipe and now am sharing it with all of you. I would think that the Fels Naptha Bar would be a great bar to use for the grated soap shreds in this recipe. It comes packed in a plain paper wrapper and it is used to scrub out stubborn stains or like a pre-wash for extra dirty clothes . I think it would be a good fit. I am anxious to try this one , it looks like a keeper. Let me know what you think
- bar soap 4-5 ounces
- 1 cup borax
- 1 1/3 cup washing soda
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- essential oils optional
- grate the bar soap on the fine side of a box grater, or process through your food processor. Mix all ingredients . transfer to storage jar. makes 2 cups. Use one tablespoon of mixture per load. If your soap shreds are larger use 2 tablespoons.
- make your soap shreds as fine as possible so they dissolve in your washer easily.Shake your soap jar occasionally to keep soap shreds from separating from the rest of the ingredients. This ho-made soap is low suds and is therefore safe for the HE (high efficiency ) washing machines.
note : as of yesterday another recipe came to my attention which was just half borax and half washing soda. This even easier version created great results and is even easier. 2 tablespoons per load unless extra dirty you might double that or pre-soak or pre-scrub. For odor control I splashed in some vinegar for the rinse cycle. Who knew doing the laundry could be so cheap and container free. One more note here, my front loader smells fresh and clean now and not the scummy residue on the stainless tub. Wow