I posted about this on Facebook Saturday night, and then on Sunday I was talking on the phone with a friend* and the conversation went a little like this:
Her: “Hey I saw you made laundry detergent last night.”
Her: “Yah, I did that a couple years ago.”
Me: “But did you blog about it?”
Me: “Then it didn’t happen.”
So I give you … homemade laundry detergent. I used a very simple recipe that was recommended to me by another friend (a mother of three). 1c washing soda, 1c borax, 1 bar of Ivory soap (grated, or run through food process0r).
It yields one big Ball jar’s worth (32oz, or 4cups) and you use 2T max in a load. T ran the numbers this afternoon, and it ends up costing $.12/load. NOT BAD.
I’ve already done 4 loads this weekend and I love it. The clothes smell great, and they’re SUPER soft and lofty. The towels are floofy, and T’s dress shirts are not wrinkly (read: I don’t have to iron them!!!).
*This friend did say that she made hers with Fels-Naptha soap instead of Ivory, because it works better on stains.