I have been making my own laundry detergent for over four years, now and am VERY happy with the results. However, my whites started not looking quite as white. So I’ve been playing with detergent recipes to get a good combination that seems to work and here it is:
2 bars ivory soap, shredded (a cheese shredder works best)
2 cups washing powder (not baking powder, Arm & Hammer Washing Powder is at Walmart and Kroger on the detergent aisle)
2 boxes baking soda
1/2 box Borax
1 box Purex Powdered Bleach
2 cups of Oxi-Clean for extra icky laundry
Use 1 small scoop (about 1″ deep, 1″ around) for regular loads, a heaping scoop for heavy stained loads. I have made many batches of this recipe and each batch makes just under 3 gallons and lasts about 8 months. I do 4-6 loads of laundry per week for my family of 4. I haven’t even used half of the washing powder, borax or Oxi-Clean, yet. MUCH cheaper than buying Tide (or even the cheap store brand stuff)…
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