The price of laundry detergent has always scandalized me, and thus I’ve decided to make my own as part of my effort to save the earth. I used the following recipe, originally found at www.tipnut.com but halved for convenience in a small home:
2 cups water (boiling)
1 cup bar soap (grated)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 1 gallon of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
I washed out two old All bottles and store it in there, then I just shake it up and use a capful for the laundry. The only disconcerting thing is that it doesn’t foam, but my test towels smell fresh and clean and are decidedly fluffy.
I proclaim the experience to be delightfully easy and satisfying, as with just a small amount of effort and a few ingredients, I was able to make natural laundry detergent for a fraction of the price of the stuff one buys in the store. If you want the math, my initial investment was about $35, but I’m suspicious that it’s because I live overseas and had to order some ingredients through amazon. However, one bottle of All costs at least $10, and my first batch filled up 1 and a half bottles without making much of a dent in my soap supply. I think it’s a win, especially since I know exactly what’s in my soap and thereby I’m cutting the number of chemicals I’m exposed to on a daily basis. Score one for me and the earth.