So I've been doing a lot of DIY stuff in the interest of saving a few bucks. One of my biggest money grubbers was laundry detergent because I do like, 500 loads a day. Seriously though, I do about 15 loads a week. I can burn through a regular bottle pretty quickly. SO, making my own laundry soap was first on my to-do list. Laundry soap can be done two ways...made into a liquid form, or made into a powder. After reading 800 blogs that described each process, I decided that liquid was just too complex and time consuming for me, and I was all about making some powder. I was able to find all three ingredients I needed a Wal-mart....super easy.
So, the recipe varies slightly from blog to blog, but this is what I used.
2 cups Borax
2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda...we are not cooking!)
1 entire bar of Fels Naptha washing soap
Two instructions: grate bar of soap with cheese grater, mix all the ingredients. BAM! You're done. I put mine in a cute glass container and stuck it in the laundry room. I use one-two TBSP per load of wash and so far so good!! The only catch is I hate the way it smells...smells like old people soap. I do still use store-bought fabric softener to mask it and it works just fine.
So, total cost: $11...and I still have half a box of Borax and Washing Soda to go! Next time I need soap, I only have to buy the bar of soap. AWESOME savings. Yay me! (you know, and all those other peeps out there who figure this out long before me). :) (Oh, and we have an HE washer, and it has not caused ANY problems)