There have been recipes through the years that I’ve posted for homemade laundry detergent but I was reminded last night that I’ve probably never posted the one I use for HE washers. The recipe is here. I don’t change anything but if I’m washing a load of clothes Vince has worn outside while working and they’re really dirty, I’ll add a tablespoon of extra Borax to the washer.
I would give you my opinion as to the cost but there’s too much calculating.
Borax – a box of Borax is currently $4.69 at Walmart. It’s 7.2 cents per ounce.
Washing Soda – a box is currently $4.17. It’s 7.6 cents per ounce
Baking Soda – .52 per pound
Fels Naptha – $1/bar
For less than $20, I’m sure I can make enough detergent to last well over a year. I use 2 T. mostly but if there’s a load of really dirty clothes, or an extra large load, I’ll use 3 T. As mentioned earlier, for Vince’s work outside and get really nasty clothes, I add Borax.
I use the Maxam chopper to grate the bar and it comes out very fine.
I use this recipe for fabric softener except for our sheets. For our sheets, I use the Purex Crystals. They smell so good. I love crawling in bed with great smelling sheets. Vince often complains about scents but I’ve used the crystals for several years and he’s never complained . . maybe because when I get in bed, I keep saying “I LOVE how these sheets smell” and he doesn’t want to say “I don’t!” No, Vince would say it if it bothered him.
There it is. There’s a little one tablespoon scoop in there. I should keep track of how many loads I get from that but I doubt I’ll remember to do that.
The beauty of this is that it is inexpensive, though there are detergents that are decent that are about the same price (Arm & Hammer) but it takes up so little space to have the Borax, Washing Soda, Baking Soda and Fels Naptha around that I could make a lifetime supply from what fits under the sink in the laundry room.
If you’re doing this outside like I was today, find a place that’s shielded from the wind or you’ll end up with soap powder up your nose!