Laundry Detergent.

This is a personal favorite.  I have been using this for over a year now and just love it.  It is cheap and easy to make.

Ingredients:

2/3 bar of Fels Naptha Soap, finely grated

1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together.  Use a small scoop (approximately 1 tablespoon) per load of laundry.

Can’t beat that, right???  The washing soda and borax are usually found around the laundry detergent aisle (I’ve seen it in grocery stores, walmart type stores, and even lowes/home depot).  The cost of both powders is minimal (you’ll spend $15 at the absolute most for the two together, and they lasted me for a year’s worth of detergent for two people doing laundry) – and the Fels Naptha is usually around $1 a bar.  The original recipe I had for this estimated the cost per batch to be $1.15, with each batch giving you approximately 32 loads.

My cousin uses a variation on this to make a liquid detergent vs. the powder one that I use (she gave me the original recipe for both, so thanks Barb Griffith!).  The liquid version is below.

Ingredients:

1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap grated

1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

Instructions:

Place grated soap in a pot.  Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.  Pour into 5 gallon bucket.  Add washing soda and borax.  Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.  Stir.  Let sit overnight to gel.  Use 1 cup per load.  You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket.

Opinion: This is a definite winner.  The cost and ease-of-making wipes out any desire I have to ever buy “real” laundry detergent again.

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