I make my own laundry detergent. Lots of people think this is nuts – but I made about 3 “gallons” of powdered laundry detergent for about $16. Because you only use 2 Tbsp per load – this lasts a LONG time. It is HE washer safe, you just cant put it in the soap dispenser. I just dump it right in among the clothes and never have a problem with it not dissolving.
I’ve found similar Laundry Detergent recipes online, but I added a twist to mine to give it added “smell.”
Check it out and let me know what you think!
UPDATE: I just found a box of Zote Flaked soap at Super Walmart. Zote is a bar soap that can replace the Fels Naptha in this recipe. Getting it already flaked up is a time-saver, and the flakes dissolve nicely in cold or warm wash water.
I use a 2 Tbsp Measuring Scoop i bought at Walmart, but you can use the little plastic scoop from the oxygen cleaner or your CURRENT laundry detergent will probably work - just make sure the measurement is right.
- 4 Cups Zote Flaked Soap (or 3 Bars Fels Naptha Grated on a Box Grater)
- 1 4lb box Baking Soda (find it in the detergent/soap aisle)
- 1 5lb box Muleteam Borax (find it in the detergent/soap aisle)
- 3.5 lbs Oxygen Cleaner (use storebrand - you might need a couple containers to get the right quantity)
- 1 3lb 7oz box Washing Soda (find it in the detergent/soap aisle)
- 1/2 Container Purex Washing Crystals (or Downy Unstoppables)
- gently dump everything into a clean 3-5-gallon bucket with a lid - this is pretty powdery and you don't want to inhale this stuff.
- Snap the lid on and roll it around to mix very well
- Transfer as much as you need into a laundry-room friendly size container, store the remainder with the lid on