1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing SODA (NOT BAKING SODA)
1 bar of Ivory soap (you can really use whatever brand you prefer, I like Ivory for our skin allergies)
SO, all you do is chop up the bar of soap into cubes, put cubes into a food processor (a blender won't work, believe me I have tried). Then you add the cup of Borax and the cup of Washing Soda and let the food processor mix it all into a fine powder. Hint, cover food processor with a damp towel as the fine powder may escape and you probably don't want to breath this in.
Results This makes approx. 2.5 to 3 cups of detergent. Here is the kicker! You only use 1 Tablespoon Per load! This is why it lasts so long. This detergent WILL clean the laundry, but will not make a lot of bubbles. If you have researched commercial detergents you will see they put additives to make bubbles because as consumers, we all believe that Bubbles are what cleans the laundry! In fact, the opposite is true. The bubbles leave a residue on laundry and this residue can build up making clothes get dirtier/smellier more quickly.
I have used this detergent on cloth diapers as well (another way we have saved lots of $$$$$ on three children) and for diapers, or heavily dirty laundry, I may use 2 tablespoons.
When I make the laundry detergent, I usually make about 10 batches and store them in a Large pretzel container from BJ's (reuse and recycle). If you are interested in the cost breakdown, here goes.
Normal detergent (ecomomy box for families at BJ's) is usually about $15-$20 and it may last me 1-2 months. I honestly can't remember since it has been so long since I have purchased it, so I could be wrong.
The Box of Borax is super cheap - $ 3-4, The ARM and Hammer Washing Soda - about $2, the bar of soap (can be anywhere, but also can be purchased at the dollar store in packs of 4-6) for very cheap... lets say $1-2. So for about $7 and tax I have the makings for at least 6 loads (more if you buy more bar soap). The Borax has 9.5 cups in the box and the Washing Soda has 6.5 cups in a box. So, my breakdown of cost and savings was amazing. I used to pay about 45 cents per load. NOW I only pay 3 cents per load~!
IN April of this year, I made 10 batches of detergent (total of 30 cups) AND I will need to make more detergent maybe in the next two weeks. SO, I HAVE USED MY 10 BATCHES AND IT HAS LASTED MY FAMILY THROUGH ALMOST 6 MONTHS OF LAUNDRY!
Please let me quantify the amount of laundry we do in a week. With three kids, two adults, and potty training accidents, towels, etc. we do at least 7 loads per week! We are expecting baby number 4 in March this next year, so add to that washing baby clothes (many outfits per day) and cloth diapers! You see where I am going with this right? ~ Enjoy~
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I am excited about making this laundry soap but I am having problems finding the Arm & Hammer washing soda. Any suggestions. I live in the Framingham Ma area
I buy HE detergent. Is it okay to use that in my washer ?? whats the difference. I'm assuming its the bubbles I don't want . thanks mshes4o
Hi there, I make my own laundry soap, too and love it! A couple of tips/question... 1. Ivory soap and Fels Naptha are good for senstive skin but if you're looking for something totally organic or vegetabl based you can also use castile bar soap. 2. Instead of soap bars I order soap flakes from this company: http://www.msodistributing.com/shop/orders.html 3. Is the 1TBL for those HE washers or for the "other" washers, too. My understanding was you still need to use 1/2 cup for older washers and the smaller measurement for the hugher efficiency ones. 4. You can also add 10-20 drops of essential oil to the batch. 5. Instead of fabric softener you can add 5-10 drops of essential oil along with 1/4 C if white vinegar to the wash. Thanks for posting!