Neil and I have been wanting to try homemade laundry detergent for a while. We bought all the ingredients before Arya was born and even grated the bar of soap, but there it sat for months and months. A few days ago, we found ourselves with some free time in the early morning hours and we thought we'd give it a go. I've seen many videos about it and visited many blogs and we followed this recipe:
1/2 bar Dr. Bronner's soap, grated (we used a peppermint scented one)-smells like Christmas!
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1.5 gallons warm water
Melt the grated soap in 2 cups boiling water until it is all dissolved. Add the borax and washing soda and stir until dissolved. Pour mixture into a large container filled with 1.5 gallons of warm water. Stir to combine. Cover and let sit for 24 hours. Mixture will have gelled up. If it hasn't, it will supposedly still work.
We poured it into an empty detergent container and also an empty apple juice container. We have a front loading machine, so we are supposed to use 1/4 cup per load. HE washers and top loading machines are supposed to use 1/2-5/8 cup per load.
I'm too hesitant to use it on our cloth diapers because our current setup is working so well, but we'll try it out on the rest of our laundry.