- It’s less expensive.
- It’s eco-friendly (less packaging, no harsh chemicals).
- It’s easy (I chose to make the powdered version because it’s the easiest)!
If you’d like to try making your own all you need is:
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not to be mistaken with baking soda)
- A bar of soap (I used Fels-Naptha, but you can use Ivory, Zote, or any other kind of bar soap that you like). I easily found Borax and soap at my local store, but I could not find the washing soda so I had to order it online.
Once you have all of your ingredients, you need to grate the bar of soap. I grated the entire bar and ended up with about two cups of grated soap.
Mix equal parts Borax,Washing Soda, and grated soap (in my case it was 2 cups of each). If you need some extra cleaning power, you can increase the amount of Borax for a little boost.
Once you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients, pour them into an airtight container and add a scoop about the size of a tablespoon for measuring. I got a plain white container at IKEA and I stenciled the word “SOAP” onto it using a Sharpie marker and I had an old scoop that we used for coffee grounds that I threw into the container.
Use 1 tablespoon per load or 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled items. That’s it!
Notes: This detergent is very low in suds which means you can use it HE front-load washers.
I’ve been using the detergent for a week now and I’m quite happy with it. I don’t notice a difference in the cleanliness of my clothes in comparison to store bought detergent. I have been using 2 tablespoons per load regardless of how soiled the items are because I can’t believe it takes so little to clean a whole load, but I have no reason to believe that 1 tablespoon wouldn’t be enough for a non-heavily soiled load.