- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure this is exactly what you get–I had to visit a few different stores to find it, but finally located some at the grocery store…go figure)
- Ivory Soap
All you do is grate one bar of ivory soap (below is all three bars grated because I was doing a triple batch) on a small cheese grater, add one cup of Borax and one cup of Super Washing Soda (or three if you’re doing a triple batch, of course!)
Mix it up and store it in an airtight container/bag. Use one tablespoon for every load of laundry or two if it’s really dirty!
I’m not generally someone to get really excited about being “green” (I stand in the gray area), but there are several perks to using this detergent:
- Your pipes will thank you, Seriously, they’ll be so clean, you could…well…they’ll be clean, OK?
- Your hands will thank you when you take care of those “handwash-only” items. I used this to clean my Goodwill pillow and felt pretty excited to know exactly what I was sticking my hands into. No chemical worries here. Which also means no additional bad chemicals in the environment and fewer in your house.
- This cost me $6.49 (Borax: $2.98, SWS: $2.44, Ivory: $1.07 for three). I used all of the Ivory soap, but I still have a ton of Borax and SWS left. Because these are household cleaners, I could use them to clean just about anything else at home or I could continue making detergent (like I’m going to run out anytime soon!)
- This literally took me five minutes to make.
- You will have a squeaky clean cheese grater when you’re done! How’s that for easy clean-up?
**Edit 3.10.12: We literally just ran out of detergent from this batch (yes, the one I made above!). I tried a slightly different recipe this time around, as I’ve been hearing that Ivory soap isn’t the best for your clothes. Any soap made for skin has additional oils in it that isn’t the best for your clothes. So, I replaced the Ivory with Fels-Naptha, which is specifically made for laundry. You use two cups each of Borax and Super Washing Soda for one bar of Fels-Naptha. Check out my friend and sponsor Abby’s blog for a tip on microwaving the soap instead of grating it. You end up with powdered soap!