It’s cheap. It’s easy to make. And it’s the best darn laundry detergent recipe I’ve tried. Ok…it’s the only one I’ve tried. But it works great for us and if it ain’t broke…we’re going with it!
This stuff works so well that it even gets Jon’s manure-and-mud-caked jeans clean. Gotta love that!
Mom sent me this recipe; it was in their local newspaper, along with lots of other homemade cleaners. I’ve shared it with a couple of people lately, so I thought I’d post it here again (I think I’ve shared it before) in case any one else is interested!
I made a huge batch of it over the weekend, which should last us at least 6 months. I store it in a Tupperware container intended for storing potatoes, but it works perfectly. I use 1 tablespoon per load (maybe a little more if it’s a really dirty load).
Here’s the details:
1 c. Soap flakes (I use bars of Fels Naptha, which you can find in the grocery aisle)
1/2 c. Borax
1/2 c. Washing soda
Mix together and store in an airtight container. The end!
See how easy? And cheap. I’ve never done the math on how much it costs per load, because I stink at math, but since it lasts forever, it saves us a bundle.
I bought a blender at a garage sale to use for grinding up the soap into flakes, but it recently died, so I did it the old fashioned way- grated the bars with a handheld cheese grater. And I have blisters on my thumb to prove it. It really wasn’t terrible; I did a little bit every time I went in the kitchen during the day. I think the blisters were just from doing so many bars (I think I did 6 or 7).
Here’s my bowl of soap flakes and the other two ingredients:
And the finished product:
Hope that helps!