A recipe I use for laundry detergent makes the price of Tide or Sunlight or other professionally made detergents outrageous.
- ½ bar of soap, melted into a pot of hot water on the stove for approximately an hour. You can grate the soap if you want it to dissolve faster, but I don't bother with it. I use Ivory soap but any soap will do.
- Pour diluted soap mixture into a large bucket and add the following ingredients.
1 cup of borax
1 cup of Washing soda
6 litres of hot tap water
add 1 cup of Clorox bleach for the unbleachables (optional)
- Stir and let the mixture sit. Sometimes it gels and sometimes not ( i think it depends on the temperature outside) Which ever it cools into being, doesn't matter, it works!
- Use ½ cup per load
I find this recipe makes enough for about 24 loads. Which means, when I spent about $10 on the ingredients, those ingredients make about two years' worth of detergent. (Just to be sure: the box of Borax has about 20 cups of borax in it for about $4 as does the box of washing soda. Therefore, I buy about two years' worth of ingredients at a time.) Makes you re-think Tide, doesn’t it?
Dish Washer Detergent:
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Borox
Put both ingredients into a jar and measure our 2 tbsp for each dish wash run.