For years, I spent way too much money on “fragrance free” and “dye free” laundry detergent. Well, as it turns out, you can make it yourself at home for a fraction of the cost and, in my opinion, it gives you a better clean than any store bought detergent. Plus, it is super simple to make! Honestly, making it is good clean fun. I have a high efficiency washer and it works amazingly with it so any washing machine can use it. You only need a few simple ingredients. I will link all of the ingredients to Amazon so that you can easily find and purchase them! I always double my batch and make what ends up being about a 3 month supply. This is the recipe for a single batch!
What you will need:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda (or washing suds)
Optional: 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
*Baking soda is not a necessary ingredient but if you have children or pets or just spend a lot of time in the gym, it helps remove any unwanted scents from your laundry and makes it extra fresh!
In an air tight canister, mix all of you powdered ingredients together. Then, grate your soap bar. I use my food processor for this step because it speeds up the process but a hand cheese grater will do the job! The soap can be as fine or a think as you would like. Mine ends up looking like shredded cheddar cheese. Add your grated soap to your canister, seal it up and give it a good shake. Finally, if there are any clumps left in your detergent, be sure to break them up and then give your canister another shake. As far as I am aware, there is no expiration date on this detergent. My last double batch lasted for 3 months. Because the ingredients can settle, give your canister a shake every coupe of weeks to make sure everything is evenly distributed.