I started making laundry detergent back when Jeremy was in graduate school to save money. I actually tried to make it two years before, but at the time we weren't broke enough to convince him to let me give it a try. Now he's hooked and it's been a solid 5 years of detergent.
However, in the past year or so I've been trying more and more to remove unnecessary chemicals from the house. Borax rated pretty high on the list, and so I set off to find an expensive way to remove it from our detergent.
Below is the final recipe for how I replaced some of the cleaners in my beloved detergent recipe, and honestly I think it smells even better this time around.
Homemade Borax Free Detergent
4 - 4oz bars of Fragrance Free Castile Soap (I used Kirk's & Dr. Bronner's)
4 lbs baking soda
3 lb 7 oz Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3 lb container of OxiClean Clear (or use Baby)
28 oz Epsom Salt
Grate Castile Soap and combine with other ingredients in a large tub. Use 2 tbsp of mixture per laundry load.
*I used a combination of Kirk's Coco Castile and Dr. Bronner's because at the time I didn't know WalMart sold castile soap. I highly suggest buying this at Wally World, it was way cheaper than the almost $5 I spent per bar at the health food store.
Next week I'll be sharing a few of my favorite "greener" products I've been using lately and trying to replace our standard products with.