I used to have one day a week that was laundry day. Now, three kids and a mechanical husband later, I do laundry all the time. If I get two or three days between doing a load of laundry it's amazing! I've always tried to keep with detergent that was dye free, but with as often as I do laundry, it was just getting expensive and I was always buying more. Not to mention the dryer sheets. With that being said, something had to give. I thought why not try making some myself.
I went in search of a "recipe" for laundry detergent and found a bunch. Some for liquid and some for powder. I took the easy way out and tried a powder version. I love it! It works great, uses little, lasts a long time, saves money, easy to mix and cleans our clothes!
Here's what I do. Let me know if you like it too!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
(from Serving Joyfully)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated (I used Ivory soap instead and grated it in my food processor)
1/2 cup Oxi-Clean (optional)
1/2 cup Scent Booster (like Downy Unstoppables) (optional)
Mix everything together and store in an air-tight container (I used an Animal Cracker container). I use 2 T per load. If you have a large family or do lots of laundry like I do, I suggest triple or quadrupling this recipe to make it last a little longer.