I've been using homemade detergent for over a year now and LOVE it! I've made liquid and powder. Both work really well, but who needs more than 5 gallons of detergent sitting around at once?! I find this smaller batch of the powder to be more than enough. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and lasts for over a month - and we do a LOT of laundry! I was able to find all of the ingredients at ACE hardware or my other local Hardware stores - sometimes the larger "box" stores don't carry the washing soda...if they don't that's just one more reason to go support the smaller businesses. :)
Homemade Laundry Detergent
What's In It:
1 bar Zote Soap or Fels Naptha Soap
1 1/3 c Washing Soda
1 1/3 c Borax
1/3 c Baking Soda
What To Do With It:
Shred soap using a cheese grater or just chop it up into chunks. Put soap into a food processor or blender to turn the soap into coarse crumbs. Combine remaining ingredients - I just shake everything together. Be sure to give the container a quick shake before each use.
I have an HE front loading machine and I throw in about a tablespoon and half into each load of laundry. I don't have any issues with stains, etc. and we are play in the dirt, wear our food, type of folk here at the Hive. :)
**Note, this detergent is not for cloth diapers. Please use this recipe for cd's.
Here are a few pictures to help illustrate the steps:
This is what your shredded soap will look like (for this batch I used Zote soap)
This is what the soap will look like after it's been run through the food processor
This is the finished product.