It's crazy to say, but since I've been doing this whole "frugal" thing I've had a really hard time spending money on laundry detergent. I grew up with Tide and that's the only one I ever used, no matter how tight times got. Honestly, that and dog food have been my biggest expenses! SO, a month ago I decided to do some research and I started making my own. I've had several people ask me about how to do it. It's simple and CHEAP! It smells great and works wonderful.
What you'll need:
*A 5 gallon bucket w/lid (I picked one up at Home Depot)
*Box of Borax (I use 20 Mule Team)
*Box of Washing Soda (I use Arm & Hammer) Walmart and Target do not carry this. I found it at Kroger in the laundry section. Not Baking Soda!
*Bar of Soap (I used Irish Spring, that's what I had on hand)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 Bar Soap
3 Gal of Water
Use a large pot and fill w/about 6 cups of water-bring to boil, grate your soap up (I cut the bar up in chunks and then put it in a food processor). Once water is boiling reduce heat a little and add soap gradually, put lid on cook until most of it's dissolved. You still will see some pieces, this is fine it will break up in your wash.
Meanwhile fill bucket up w/about 3 gals of water, mix borax and washing soda in and stir.
When soap water is done, poor into bucket, stir and put lid on. Let this sit for about 24 hours.
*When you get ready to use, it will probably have jelled up some, just stir each use, and put about a cup into your laundry.
*I saved some of my tide bottles and put some in it, this way I don't have to stir each time and I can just shake and pour in cap and I'm done.
Let me know how it goes.
It last forever!!!!! plus you have pretty much full boxes of stuff that will last over the year to make more with.
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