I used to loathe spending money on laundry detergent. Every load screamed at me, “Just look at all those dollars headed straight down the drain!”
But, not anymore. Now, I whip up my own batch using three simple ingredients. It’s quick and easy to make, comes out to only pennies per load, and performs just as well as most other detergents (for heavily soiled garments, I do a little pre-treating with a Fels-Naptha bar, and for whiter whites, I toss in some baking soda at the beginning of the cycle).
This mixture can be used in high efficiency machines, and it is also safe for all sewer and septic systems. As an added bonus, your fingernails will look impeccably clean when you get through putting it all together — just make sure you use both hands for the soap grating!
I’ve seen many different recipes for Homemade Laundry Detergent on the web. Some are made with different soaps, others are made with different measurements. I’ve settled in on this one for its simple ingredients and ease of making.
Okay, here’s the 4-1-1…
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup super washing soda
1. Grate the Fels-Naptha bar with a hand grater. You want to grind into the smallest pieces possible. I’ve found that a zester works best for this. The larger the pieces, the more difficult it will be to get the soap to mix with the other ingredients.
2. In a large container, thoroughly mix one cup of the grated Fels-Naptha bar with 1/2 cup borax, and 1/2 cup washing soda (you can get about 4 cups from the whole Fels-Naptha bar). It should look like this when you’re through…
Store the soap in a lidded container (I think it looks pretty in a glass jar). Use one tablespoon per load — two for extra large or heavily soiled loads.
What could be simpler than that?