We are going out to visit Mama G today, and she told us she needs more laundry detergent, which got me reminiscing about how I started making laundry detergent.
When I first started making laundry soap, I made something very similar to this recipe below - but without the fabric softener and oxyclean, so this is much superior. But Nic likes liquid soap (and since he is the one doing the laundry..) so I came up with our current liquid laundry soap recipe that we use and sell.
I even tried the grate everything, melt the soap down, add boiling water and other ingredients laundry soap. It was like slime.. and Nic absolutely refused to use that.
3 bars Fels Naptha soap, grated
1 box Borax
1 box Washing Soda
2 cups of baking soda
2 containers of Dollar Tree Oxyclean (check at your local Family Dollar store..SUN brand)
1-2 Containers of Purex fabric softener crystals (you can also use those new dots that go in the washer)
Usage: 2-3Tbsp per load depending on grime..
If you have a HE machine, add it in with the clothes.
Of course you need to grate up the Fels Naptha - and remember this was a stain stick back in the day - so don't try it on your hands as a bar soap. I used a food processor (cause I'm about easy), so if you are going to do the same- cut the bars into smaller cubes (about 1.5 inches) and add that and a container of the oxyclean to the food processor to get it cut up easier. Mix all the ingredients together in a large airtight container.
So here you have it - Wahla! an easy effective laundry soap with all the ingredients readily available for you.
It will cost you under $30 (depending on where you live). It should last about a year for a family of 4 - if you do more laundry than average it will last less time, and if you are smaller than a family of 4, it will last longer.