I have embarked as a pioneer woman by making my own laundry detergent! I know it sounds insane… and maybe crazy, but it’s not that difficult and it is CHEAP.
Finding all the ingredients was a bit of a challenge. I had the hardest time finding the soap – I ended up ordering the Fells Naptha Soap through a hardware store. They were $1.79/bar. The other hard thing to find was the Washing Soda which ended up being at my local grocery store! I checked Target, Walmart & Walgreens to no avail. Who would’ve thought? I bought my Borax at Target – the cheapest place, I found. I also ordered tea tree oil here to add to laundry loads as a disinfectant. I bought a cheap cheese grater to use just for grating the soap so my cheese doesn’t taste like soap. :)
Homemade Laundry Detergent (Powder)
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try Ivory or Zote soap)
1 cup Washing Soda (Not baking soda)
1 cup Borax
Mix well and store in air tight container (or cute jar!).
Use 1 tablespoon per load – 2 if extra dirty! I add a couple drops of tea tree oil most of the time.
The last time I made this, I doubled the recipe and did add a little bit of baking soda to my formula. It seems to work great in my HE washer!