If you are tired of spending a fortune on laundry detergent, this is a great alternative! Depending on your area, it will only cost between $20-30 and last around a year.
1 – 4lb 12oz box Borax
1 – 3lb 7oz box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 – 3lb tub Oxyclean
2 bars Fels Naptha
1 – 55oz bottle Purex Crystals (optional)
4 lbs baking soda (either 4 small boxes or 1 large 4 lb box)
Great news! Most of these items can be found right next to each other in the laundry isle. 1 batch lasts our family of 5 just shy of a year. We use white vinegar for fabric softener and bleach as needed (remember to never mix bleach or vinegar together!). For the purex crystals, this is just for a fragrance boost. I no longer use them, but the bottles make great dispensers. There are other laundry soap bars out there, but I prefer the Fels Naptha.
Use a large plastic tub in a well-ventilated area. Grate soap using a fine cheese grater. Layer ingredients and mix well. We just use our hands as this part goes pretty quickly. If you have any skin sensitivities, I would wear gloves. Try not to mix too vigorously so you don’t end up with a lot of dust in the air (wear a mask if you have sensitivities). Pour into container for use and storage. I usually fill gallon ziplock bags. Use 2 T per load! If you look at the lids in the photo above, you’ll see a black line. This was quick work with a sharpie for easy measuring.