Homemade laundry soap.
I love how much money I save by using this recipe. I first got the recipe from http://thefrugalgirls.com/2012/09/homemade-laundry-detergent-powder-big-savings.html
I adapted mine a bit for size and I added Clorox bleach because I didn’t feel it was keeping my whites white.
Here is my recipe:
2 Cups Borax
2 Cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 Cups Clorox
2 Bars Fels-Naptha
Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load (depending on load size)
We do about 10 loads a week (6 of us live here) and the box lasts about 2 months.
I must say that shredding Fels-Naptha is hard work. I shred it first on the cheese grater then put it in the food processor for a finer shredding. And honestly my husband will grate it when he is around for me since I dislike it so much. It takes a lot of muscle for a long time and I guess I’m a wimp, but I’m really glad my husband does it for me when he is around.
I save so much money doing this. Before I started making my own laundry soap I would need to buy a large Costco-size Tide every 6 weeks, costing around $30 each time. Now for mere pennies I make my own. Every 2 months I buy two new Fels-Naptha bars costing just over $1 each. The boxes of Borax, Washing soda and Clorox last me nearly 1 year each.
The only thing this does not do well is with under arm stains on my husband’s white shirts. He wears white shirts 6 days a week. So I use the recipe below to fix that problem, and it works every time.
Sure, there is a little more effort involved than just using Tide, but I’m saving around $159 per year. And I only have to remove the yellow under arm stains about 2 times per year. Not so bad! I have used this recipe for 3 years now and I don’t think I will ever go back. When I wasn’t using the Clorox in the recipe I did feel like my colors and whites were not lasting as long or staying as bright as I like. So make sure to use the Clorox. Enjoy saving so much money!!!!
Kellie Verified, 4 stars, because I had to alter it a bit, but I love this recipe.