I hate having to buy it! It's so expensive and I hated looking for coupons and finding it on sale. Once I found one I liked, I had to keep changing to get the best deals! It was driving my crazy...
I was convinced to make my own detergent after talking with my friend Amy. She has been making her own for a while now and said she wouldn't go back!
As I started doing my research I found tons of recipes, but many of them pretty much the same. They all contain bar soap, Borax and Washing Soda. I use Ivory bar soap. Many recipes call for Fels-Naptha, but just about any bar soap on sale will do.
Borax is usually found around the clorax on the laundry asile. Washing Soda is usually close to the Borax. I have found it is easier to find these two in the grocery stores. I usually find them in Ingles and Wal-Mart. My favorite Sav-a-Lot doesn't carry these.
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
■Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
■Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
■Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
■Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
This has been working great for us! I might even try the powdered detergent when we finish this last batch of liquid deteregent. I don't think I will be buying laundry detergent any more...
Have you tried making your own detergent?
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