This is all you need to make your own powdered Laundry Detergent which is FREE AND GENTILE!
Borax is WONDERFUL, CHEAP, and a must have in EVERY house. It only has ONE ingredient!
I bought the Borax, Washing Soda, and Ivory soap all for under $10 at Walmart.
One batch makes enough for about 10+ loads depending on how soiled it is and how large the load is.
Ingredients & Tools Needed
WASHING soda (both found in laundry aisle)
Ivory (there are also other bars you can use Fels-Naptha - but I found it too strongly fragranced and gave me a headache I chose Ivory because it is dye free and gentile)
You will need a grater (I have one that has 4 sides I used the smallest size)
A 1 cup measuring cup
and a container for your laundry detergent
Grate one bar of Ivory soap into a bowl
Add 1 cup of Borax
Add 1 cup of Washing Soda
Mix until it looks like this:
and YOUR DONE!! That simple!
Directions and Tips for use
So the websites that I got this recipe from say 1 tablespoon = 1 load. So far I have tried it with 1, 2 and 3.
For a small load of items that are NOT soiled, just worn 1 tablespoon is plenty.
Lightly soiled, medium loads - 2 tablespoons should do the trick.
Heavily soiled/large loads - 3 tablespoons, but still PRE TREAT STAINS! The same as you would do with your regular detergent do with this! With just 3 tablespoons and NO pretreatment is got almost ALL of the blood out of my sons shirt after his nose bleed. I can hardly tell it is there! That was my test of this and it passed!
Make more than one batch at a time and you will be set for awhile ESPECIALLY if you don't have 10 loads to wash a week like I do! This is going to have SO much money for me!
Give it a try!
I also recommend doing it in low-humidity or air conditioning. It's easier to grate the soap in cooler conditions. I also added part of another bar of soap, because I was not brave enough to grate down to the smallest piece of the first bar of soap - I would have grated my fingers off!!