In my never-ending quest to save money, I came across a great blog post for homemade laundry detergent! Now, I've seen many 'recipes' for homemade laundry detergent, but this is the easiest one I've ever come across! It's quick, and makes one gallon at a time.
There are only three ingredients you'll need.
These are the amounts:
3 tablespoons of borax
3 tablespoons of washing soda (NOT baking soda)
2 tablespoons of original blue Dawn
Put the borax and washing soda in a gallon jug. I use a funnel so it doesn't spill down the side.
Pour in four cups of hot water. It doesn't have to be boiling, but it does need to be hot enough to dissolve the powders. I usually just heat the water in the microwave until it's about as hot as water would be for coffee. The original website I got this from said to put the Dawn in with the borax and washing soda, but if you add it after you pour in the hot water, there will be fewer suds. Gently swish to mix and dissolve. After this cools a bit, fill the rest of the jug with cold water.
That's all there is to it!
This is what mine looks like after I make it.
I washed a load that had a pair of Katie's muddy P.E. pants in it, and they came out clean as could be, along with everything else in the load! I've been using it for a little while now, and it's been working great on everything I've washed.
I have a top-loading washing machine, so I'm not familiar with how this would work in a HE machine.
Thankfully, someone else has already done the cost breakdown, and the cost came to about 25 cents per gallon. I don't buy the name brand detergents, and even then, the cost for an average size bottle of liquid detergent is about $4. It's easy to see the savings are big! I think this would be especially helpful to large families or those who spend a lot of money on pricey detergent.
I also made some using the lavender scented GAIN dish liquid. It worked well too, and has a nice scent.
I'm so happy to find such a great money-saver and pass it on to you. Every little bit helps. :-)