It's almost the end of the year and life has become rather challenging. Both W and I had surgery in the past month and we've been terribly busy with school. We've had a small amount of time to experiment with a few things and decided to try making our own laundry detergent. I'd been saving bottles for a while. We usually buy a case of Ecover Laundry 100 oz bottles for $45 through the local coop and I was hoping to save some money. We make the recipe below and have been quite happy with the result. W just figured out that the same case cost us all of $3.91! Pretty amazing.
Earth Friendly (Homemade) Laundry Detergent
½ cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1 bar castile soap
Put in 5 gallon tub and add 3 gallons hot tap water and stir
Shave 1 bar of soap and put in large saucepan with 6 cups warm water.
Heat on medium until soap is dissolved then add to tub and stir
Let sit overnight. The next day stir with whisk. It will be a little gelatinous.
Use ½ cup of mixture per load of laundry.