I finally ran out of my store bought laundry detergent. After many washes, my large tub is empty. Normally I would be upset because I knew I would have to shell out anywhere from $10-13 for more detergent, but not today.
I was very excited. Why, you might ask?!? Well, because I can finally make my own HOMEMADE detergent. The recipe is simple:
Grind up a bar of soap. I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint bar soap. I just chopped it up a bit and used my food processor to grind it down pretty fine. I know $4 seems a bit steep for a bar of soap, but I do believe in the brand. Also, in the end, you get a lot of soap!
1 cup each of washing soda and borax. I found them both in the laundry aisle. Please note that washing soda is NOT baking soda, it's this stuff.
Mix all together and use 1 tablespoon per load. I have used it for 2 loads already, and it smells wonderful.
I'm guessing I'll get about 60 loads out of this, for a cost of about $4.50. That's .075 a load. Tide will run you $12 for the about the same amount of washes. Also, you know what's going in your detergent!
I put my detergent in a liter size mason jar.
I haven't run out of fabric softener, but when I do I have some orange infused vinegar that I am going to start using in the rinse cycle.
I hope that if you try this out you like it. It's nice to save a little cash for the savings account.