I posted a while back about making your own laundry detergent. I have had several questions and comments since then. I have been making it for over 6 months now. My husband’s aunt asked how in the world could this work since the Borax in the recipe is used in a load as a laundry booster and you put in 1/2 a cup for ONE load. So I decided to do some investigation and experimenting (shocking I know).
I bought some essential oils and used that in my most recent batch. I used the lavendar scent. I doubled the amount of Borax and Washing soda that I used. I found this to make the detergent a little thicker and I really like this way that I am making it. So if you would like to, try a few drops to 1/2 t. of essential oils and then double the amount of Borax and Washing Soda in your original recipe.
I have also had someone tell me that they add about a cup or so of Oxyclean to the mixture. I have not done this, but I am sure it would only help. Let me know if you have tried this. If not, I would encourage you to.
I still put 1/2 a cup of Borax into my loads that are extra dirty like my kitchen towels and my husband’s work clothes.
My mother-in-law also advised that you may want to wash your clothes in Tide or some other detergent every 3 months or so. I have done this once.
I just wanted to post an update so you would know how it has been going. I also killed burned out my last food process by grating my Fels Naptha soap in it so now I just use a vegetable peeler to peel it. It is a little time consuming, but it is theraputic for me, and then my husband got me a new Kitchenaid food processor for Christmas so it wasn’t all bad – thanks honey!