|Things you will need are pictured: Super Washing Soda, a grater, |
Fels Naptha, Borax, and a large container. Optional is essential
oil or other type of scented oil.
|What is Fels Naptha you ask? I didn't know what it was either until|
I started to make laundry soap.
|Grate the entire bar.|
|It takes a while but keep going. Oh and don't grate your fingers off.|
|Pour the grated bar of FN into your large container.|
|Add your super washing soda.|
|And your Borax|
|Stir them all around in your container.|
|Add your oil (or skip this step if you want unscented)|
|There you go! Use 2 tablespoons per load.|
1 bar of Fels Naptha, finely grated
6 cups of Super Washing Soda (NOT the same as baking soda)
6 cups of Borax
As much or as little essential oil as you want.
There are at least 10 bazillion recipes for homemade laundry soap give or take a bazillion. This seems to be the mix that works for us with the caveat that I find that I need to pre-treat stains more often than with store-bought detergent. You could also reference this website if you feel like trying the liquid version (too much work for me) or another blend of ingredients. A few recipes I found online indicated you could also use Ivory bar soap instead of Fels Naptha if you have sensitive skin but we've never had a problem. Yes, it's safe for your HE washers.
I don't remember specifically (surprise) but generally
Fels Naptha $1.25 ish
Borax: $2.99 ish a box and you use about 1/2 the box
Super Washing Soda: $2.50 ish a box and you use about 3/4 the box
=$4.87ish for a whole bunch of laundry soap. Cost increases if you use essential oils. I tend to watch for them to be on sale/clearance and stock up. The one I used for this batch was a peppermint oil that I found on clearance for 99 cents.
Time to make:
About 15 minutes including my time to take pictures and yell at my kids to get out of the range of the picture.