I finally did it. I made my own laundry detergent!
The whole process was super simple and took no time at all to make.
I used the recipe that Stephanie used for hers:
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Bar Ivory Soap, Grated
Use 1T per load.
I even had to use just the regular baking soda rather than washing soda Like Stephanie did. My local grocery store carries washing soda, but this week, I was shopping at Wally World and they only had the regular baking soda.
I made triple the recipe just because I bought a 3-pack of Ivory and there was plenty of the soda and Borax to make 3 with a lot of each left over.
Matthew asked what I was doing and he jumped right in and wanted to help grate the soap! I used the small grater (the one for harder cheeses) figuring that the smaller pieces would dissolve better.
One plus of this detergent is that it doesn't take much of it for a load. The original directions call for one tablespoon per load. Steph used 1.5 T per load since she used regular baking soda. I actually am using 2 T per load. 1.5 T because of the soda and the other .5 T because my washer is called "Super-Capacity Plus".
My first test was dark clothes. They came out great!
Next, it was a load of whites. I added bleach because I was doing towels and socks. They also came out clean and fresh!
The true test was actually when DH and Steven wore the clothes washed in it. DH breaks out whenever I switch detergents- even if I just switch scents or types within the same brand. Mostly he breaks out around his waist. Steven has eczema and is also very sensitive. His has more to do with fabric softener and whether I use liquid or dryer sheets, but I am still brand-loyal with my detergent. I made sure they each wore clothes washed in the new detergent. Neither one of them has had any problems and these are problems that show up right away.
I figured the cost at about $1 per recipe, so my total is $3 for the batch I made. I am counting how many loads I get out of my whole batch and I'll update on it when I run out. I really think this is worth making again and again!