I know most people just buy their laundry detergent, but after looking around for a bunch of recipes, and trial and error on my own, I came up with my own, easy to make, cheap, good laundry detergent.
Soap, I use either FelsNaptha or Zote. Both can be found in the laundry aisle at Walmart, or online. half a bar of FelsNaphta, 1/3 a bar of Zote, grated finely.
Washing Powder, 1 C Again, you can find this online or the laundry aisle.
Borax 1/2 C same place.
Five Gallon bucket with lid
Now, one bar of Fels Naptha will make two batches, the Zote will make three. The washing powder and borax will make multiple loads and you can use for other things. I have worked out the numbers for me, and using half a cup of soap per regular sized load and one cup per super sized load of laundry, this lasts months and costs 1-2 cents PER LOAD. Now, if you figure out how much cheaper that is, you’ll run to make it. Seriously, before it was at least 50 cents per load of laundry.
Grate the soap into the pot, add a couple quarts of water, heat on medium on stove, stirring often until soap dissolves entirely.
Measure washing powder and borax into five gallon bucket. After water and soap has cooled just a bit, pour into the bucket, stir well.
Once it is stirred, fill five gallon bucket up with warm water, stirring all the while. Let it sit for about 24 hours, then you can use it. It will be a gel with liquid, use an old measuring cup to measure it to use. I always dump the detergent into the washer, then add the water, letting it melt well, which doesn’t take long at all.
This detergent has very little scent at all, which I find to be a plus, as I don’t like my clothes to screw up the scent of my perfume. You can add 5-10 drops of essential oil to a batch if you like it.
Other uses for the Borax are to scrub your tub or toilet, mix with hot water and scrub your floor. If you have super dirty laundry add an extra bit of it to the load of laundry.