Laundry isn’t my favorite thing to do, and I hate spending so much money on laundry detergent. Especially when I have trouble getting certain stains out. But Pinterest came to my rescue again!
I’ve also been looking for a natural and inexpensive laundry detergent that’s gentle enough for a baby. I’ve been on the lookout for awhile, hoping that I’d find something before I needed to buy more detergent. And success! I found this recipe on Being Creative to Keep My Sanity and made a few changes that other readers posted in their comments.
What you’ll need:
*1 box (4 lb) baking soda
*1 box (3 lb 7 oz) washing soda
*1 box (4 lb 12 oz) Borax
*3 bars Ivory unscented soap
I found the three boxes all together in the detergent aisle of Walmart. The bars of soap were in the soap aisle. Total spent: $12. Not too bad!
1. Using an old grater, grate the Ivory soap. I wouldn’t suggest using this grater for food anymore.
2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large stock pot or bucket. Only pour part of each box/soap flakes in, alternating them. This makes mixing it all together much easier. And make sure you hold your breath or wear a mask when you dump the boxes in. I forgot this and inhaled some of that baking soda. Yuck.
3. Store in a covered container.
I use a small spoonful added to the actual washer in my HE washer. Based on the comments on the original post, my fingers are crossed that this really will be gentle enough for cloth diapers and baby clothes. We’ll find out soon enough!
*Please use at your own risk.