I've been hearing a buzz for a while about homemade laundry detergent. After researching recipes and seeing all the variations, this is what I came up with. I washed my towels, which sometimes suffer with some "funk" of some type and they came out smelling fresh. No real scent, just fresh. The wet laundry smelled like clothes that has been hanging in the sun.
Compared to Tide, which I love and have used faithfully, it is such a bargain. Five pounds of Borax, 3.5 lbs of Washing Soda (I didn't know there was such a thing, so I pictured it here for you), a box of baking soda and a bar of Dr. Bonner's soap (I got the peppermint scented castille soap at Trader Joe's all cost me less than $10. I didn't even use up the entire bar of soap. Considering you only use 1/8 C. of the mixture (or 2 T.)per load, it is a bargain. This recipe makes enough for 40 loads and I figure it cost me about $3.00. I'm curious to see how it works on whites...I will keep you posted.
2 C. finely grated Dr. Bonner's Peppermint soap (or any castille soap)
1 C. borax
1 C. washing soda
1 C. baking soda
Use 2 T. of soap per load.
That's it! Mix it all up, breaking up any lumps. My Borax was a little bumpy. Store in a container with a spare tablespoon in the container and you are ready to go. You want to be able to shake the container to make sure it is mixed well each time. This mixture does not make suds, so it worked just fine in my HE washer. You do NOT need suds to get your clothes clean.
Let me know if you try it and what you think. We aren't getting any richer these days, so we may as well find new ways to pinch some pennies.