Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Homemade Laundry Detergent
The ingredients are pictured above: washing soda (not baking soda), 3 bars Ivory soap, Borax, and Sun Oxygen cleaner (generic oxyclean). I found everything in the laundry aisle at Wal-mart except the ivory soap, which was with the other soap in the Health and Beauty area. I grated all 3 bars of the Ivory with my box grater and then dumped everything into my metal laundry detergent tub and mixed very well. All these ingredients together cost less than $10.
I've waited to post about this so I could report on the results as far as cleanliness and it seems to work just as well as the name brand detergents I was previously using. I still need to use a pretreater on some stains (Cadence has a propensity for getting tomato sauce and chocolate things on her shirts), but I was doing that before. The loss is the nice smell of our old detergent - this one doesn't smell at all - but I use scented fabric softener sheets, so it's all good.