Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Easy, Cheap Homemade Laundry Soap!
I made some of this up today and thought I'd share. I don't know exactly how much it costs, but definitely less than store-bought laundry detergent. And you know exactly what's in it! :)
1 bar of grated soap (I bought bars of Sunlight laundry soap, in the laundry aisle, comes in packs of two for 3$ or so.)
1 1/2 cup Borax
1 1/2 cup Washing Soda
1 cup oxyclean (optional, but I used it)
Grate the soap with a fine grater, and then I grind mine up in my little mini food processor to make it really powdery, so it'll disolve well. Then just combine everything. The borax and washing soda you can usually buy in the cleaning or laundry aisle. Use 1 Tablespoon for regular loads, 2 T for heavier loads. It works really well on clothes. I don't love it on diapers, but I've used it before. Ideally I like to have this and Tide Free, use the Tide for diapers and this for clothes, and then every once in awhile do clothes with Tide, just to made sure there's no soap residue. That's my laundry soap routine. (Pretty exciting, huh?)