In an effort to stretch our dollars as far as they can go, I have been researching (translation: spending too much time on Pinterest) the many different "recipes" to make your own detergent. There are the "wet" recipes and the "dry" recipes. After reading about both, I decided to go with the dry mix.
Here are the ingredients: Total Cost - $17.75
1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent aisle
1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking aisle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent aisle
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent aisle
2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have a pretty messy grandson and husband)
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. Use a Heavy Duty Trash Bag. Less of a chance for tearing while mixing.
|definitely use a heavy duty trash bag|
|open and dump|
|The grating goes quick|
|looks like shredded cheese!|
This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. Right now I still store my detergent in the same five gallon bucket and bag that I mixed it in. I also got a little scoop to keep inside. Wasn't that easy? Sure was! Enjoy your soap.
I have been using the "new" detergent for the last few loads. I like how it cleans and am looking forward to the money saving benefits too. It should last several months, but I will keep you posted on exactly how long it does last.