Here's what you'll need to make yours:
4- 4oz. bars of grated Castile soap
1- 78 oz. box of Borax
8- 16 oz. boxes of baking soda
3 tsp. (15mL) lavender essential oil
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We grated our soap using a plain ol' cheese grater, which was a big hit with the little man. He wanted to get in on the action (see below) which saved this Mama a ton of forearm effort.
You can also use a food processor to do this step, if you don't have free labor available in your house. :)
Once we had the soap all grated, we threw it in a large plastic pail and tossed in the other ingredients. I used my hands to mix it all up and voila! Homemade powder laundry detergent!
Each load only takes 2 tablespoons of detergent, so this one batch will cover 288 loads of laundry. All together, the ingredients cost me about $25, which equals about 9 cents per load. Talk about saving money!
UPDATE: I've had quite a few questions about this recipe so I'll update you with some of the FAQs --
1. As far as I know, this detergent is HE/front load washer safe. You may have to adjust the amount you use slightly, but it's up to you to figure out how much more/less you need to get the same scent power as the 2 tblsp. I use in my top load washer.
2. You can substitute the castile soap with Fels-Naptha. I've always seen Fels-Naptha in the laundry detergent section of my local Wal-Mart, so it ought to be easier to find than the castile soap. I'm not sure how Ivory soap or any other similar soap would work out - I'm afraid it might be a really "sudsy" outcome though.
3. You can use washing soda instead of baking soda, if you prefer. I don't see a need in doubling up on the cleaning power since I'm already using Borax (which is pretty awesome on its own) and the castile soap.
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