so last week i attempted to make some laundry detergent. i was in a crafty sort of mood and plus i'm always in favor of making something if it is reasonable and more affordable. you know the duggar family on tv who has 18 (?) children, this is a modified version of their recipe. this is a very economical recipe for me to follow because i regularly use all of the ingredients sans the bar of naptha fels.
you will need:
a bar of naptha fels
1 cup oxiclean (or washing soda)
1/2 cup borax
4-5 drops of preferred essential oil like orange, peppermint, or tea tree oil (optional)
first i got a bar of naptha fels. i thought it would be hard to find since i had never heard of it but nope, it was perched right on the top shelf in the detergent aisle.
i popped it into the food processor and grated it into the tiniest of bits.
then add the cup of oxiclean
& then the borax and tea tree oil. i love tea tree oil. it is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal - it's so multipurpose i put it in almost every homemade cleaning product i use! just don't drink it :)
this recipe makes about 3 cups of detergent but you only need about 1-2 tbsp per load of laundry. i've been using it about a week or more now and i see no difference in performance from this homemade detergent and the conventionally made kind.