I decided to break from the normal food-based recipe and write about this home made laundry detergent recipe, which comes from Being Creative to Keep My Sanity. When I saw this, I was already headed to the store to buy some much needed laundry detergent and knew that I would have to spend at least $10 on a jug that would last about six weeks. I figured it was worth a try to spend a few extra dollars for something that would last a lot longer.
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1 4lb. 12 oz. box borax
1 4 lb. box baking soda
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3 bars Fels-Nalpha Soap (pink Zote soap works, too)
3.5 lb Oxy Clean (I used store brand)
All of these ingredients were on the same shelf in the laundry aisle at the local Wal-Mart.
Shred soap with cheese grater. Mix well in bucket with all other ingredients. Put in containers or just use from the big bucket. Use the scoop in the Oxy Clean, 1 scoop per load (about 1 Tablespoon). This cost me $16.11 and made 2 ice cream buckets full. Should last awhile.
This seems to work well. The laundry room smells clean and soapy when I'm using it, but the dry clothes have no smell to them, which is good for us. The true test was when I washed our sheets and they came out clean with no odor or itch, which would both drive Phil crazy!