I know there are so many homemade laundry detergent recipes floating around in blog-land I almost hesitate to post this one; I know most people probably have one they like. Really, I guess it can’t even be considered “homemade” when one of the ingredients is actually a laundry detergent.
To be honest, the combination of Tide and Oxi Clean is the reason I like this recipe so much. I’m a huge fan of suds in the wash. Call me silly, but it just makes me feel like my clothes are getting cleaner. I made a batch of detergent a while ago (I can’t remember all the ingredients, but I know it had Fels, borax, and Washing Soda). To be honest, it sat on my shelf for over a year because 1) It didn’t smell very good and 2) There were no suds whatsoever.
A friend of mine recently talked about a detergent recipe using powdered Tide. She tried to search for the source, but couldn’t find it. Instead, she texted me the basic recipe. I switched it up a bit and made this. It suds a little bit and it smells great! I’ve also been happy with the way my laundry has come out. Not to mention the fact that it barely fit in a 12 quart container and you only need to use a couple tablespoons per load. The batch is enormous and is going to last me forever.
I have not come up with a price per load, but I will attempt to do that at some point when I wasn’t up until 3 a.m. crocheting the night before.
56 oz. container Tide Ultra
5 lb. container Oxi Clean
2 boxes 20 Mule Team Borax
3 boxes Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
3/4 bottle Purex Crystals (I used Fresh Spring Waters)
This detergent is so easy to make. There’s no measuring or grating involved. Just pour all the ingredients into a large bucket or container and mix well. Use 2 tablespoons for a large load. I use extra for an extra large load.