I found a recipe for home made laundry detergent on pinterest so I thought I’d try it. I can tell you, this recipe works great and it takes far less soap to wash your clothes then store bought detergent. The recipe I used is below. I found all my supplies in the laundry section at Walmart. I made mine in June of 2012 and Im just half way through my first batch of soap! I have a family of 5 with three messy kids. I also use cloth diapers. They say not to use this on cloth diapers but it works just fine for me. (I was using it on cloth diapers before I found out I wasn’t supposed to.) SO since I was doing it with no noticeable difference to my cloth diapers… I continued to use it.
DIY Laundry Detergent:
1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle
2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)
(you can also use pink Zote soap instead of Fels-Naptha.)
7 months of use so far and still so much detergent left! I really hope to make it last till June so I can say that one batch will really last a whole year! Give it a try!!