I have been making my own laundry detergent for over a year and have saved a TON of money in the process. I have a lot of dirty laundry - especially all those baseball pants that I have to wash every week - and this detergent cleans them right up.
Three simple ingredients - Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-naptha bar soap.
Step #1, grate the Fels-naptha coarsely -
Warning - this is not cheese! Do not eat this - I only share this with you because our daughter thought it was Coby cheese! It sure doesn't smell like cheese Carrie!
Step 2: Melt the grated soap in approximately 4 cups of water on low - takes about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Step 3: After the soap is completely melted, pour into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda. Fill the bucket with warm water and stir to incorporate all ingredients.
Ready to wash. I use about 1/2 cup per load of laundry. Some of this will turn into a gel like substance. It's okay - just put your 1/2 cup in a jar with as much water, seal it and shake it up prior to adding to your washer.
One batch of this lasts me almost 2 months and costs approximately $2.50.
About those dirty baseball pants - I do spray them with Shout first and then let them soak all night in the washer with this detergent. (I would do that with any detergent)
If you try this, I hope you like it as much as I do.
Hope you are having a good week. ~Ann