Yes, I jumped on the homemade laundry soap bandwagon. About 2 years ago my fabulous sister-in-law, Angie, gave me a recipe. It is easy, cheap, and lasts a super long time. (I may have made 3 full recipes in the last two years?) It is even gentle enough to wash baby clothes and doesn’t have a strong smell. My husband has an allergy to strong scents, so this soap is perfect.
So here it is:
- 6 cups Borax
- 6 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1 1/2 bars Ivory soap, grated (I use the small holes)
Mix all together and use 1 tablespoon per load. (On really dirty loads I will use just a little more.)
I did the math and found out there are 16 tablespoons in a cup, so with 12 cups of detergent that comes to 192 tablespoons, or 192 loads. It is actually a little more than that because I didn’t include the Ivory in the calculation. If I were to measure that, I would have over 200 loads per recipe.
It probably costs me around $10 for all the ingredients and I don’t use all of it for one recipe. I always have some left over.