Making your own detergent is an easy way to save money! I’ve been making my own for over two years now. Between that and using soap nuts, I never have to worry about buying detergent from the store again.
What you Need:
1/2 c. Borax
1/2 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda–both can be found in the laundry aisle
1/3 of a bar of soap (Fel-Naptha or other natural bar soap)
20-30 drops essential oils (I love using OnGuard, lemon, or Citrus Bliss)
5 gallon bucket or other large container
Begin by heating 6 cups of water. Grate/chunk/chop 1/3 of the soap bar into a large saucepan. The smaller you grate the soap, the quicker it will melt. So don’t stress if you’re throwing large chunks in there, it will just take awhile to melt. Boil until soap is melted.
Add borax and washing soda. Stir until all is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups of hot water into your bucket/large container. Add your mixture and stir. Now, add 22 cups of water. Allow this to sit overnight or for 24 hours to “gel”.
Use 1/2 cup per load.
These three bottles were full from one batch.
Simply using white vinegar will cut the smell from your clothes and keep them soft. Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil along with the vinegar to a Downy ball for fresh smelling clothes!