We all have to do laundry. It’s a fact of life. We all also know how expensive this must have item can be! A simple way to save is to actually make your own detergent. It is much easier than you may realize and costs just pennies a load.
There is a lot of information available and several recipes you can try. I always like to make sure that these are proven before I pass them along to you. Reader Mary found (and uses) one that works for her and she was kind enough to pass it along to me to share with all of you!
1 bar Ivory soap shredded
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer washing soda
Mix well until the soap is well combined into the dry ingredients. Store in airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Works well in both regular and HE washers.
Helpful Hint: Cut up the soap into chunks and throw all of the ingredients into a food processor. You can also triple the recipe so you have to make it less often. You can substitute Ivory Soap with Fels Naptha soap, but if you have sensitive skin, you might stick with Ivory. Thanks for sharing with us Mary!!!
1 fles napa bar
1 cup of arm & hammer washing soda
1 cup of borax
Shred the bar into a gallon of water and heat until the soap is dissolved. Then, add in the borax and washing soda. Let that all come to a boil and then add in another gallon of cold water and mix. Allow to sit overnight and it will gel. Add a little more water and mix until smooth! Thanks to Phyllis for sharing THIS one with us too!