The latest thing in the Gazelle home is homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. Aside from taking a few shreds of thumb with the grater, we are pleased with the results. It's easy, cheap, and made from natural ingredients.
- a box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (way expensive on Amazon, I found it at my local WinCo grocery for $2.99 a box. Also at Ace Hardware for about $3.99)
- a box of Borax (find it at your grocer or even Target. Again, Amazon is super expensive.)
- a 14oz bar of Zote laundry bar soap (paid 89 cents a bar at the local Save Mart. Please note that you can use any brand of bar soap you like.)
- Optional: 1 pound boxes of baking soda (generic was about 50 cents each at WinCo)
Here's what you'll use for a batch of detergent:
- 1 bar of Zote laundry bar soap grated (take it slow with the cheese grater so you don't lose a finger)
- 4 cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 4 cups of Borax
- 2 one pound boxes of baking soda
This is a great alternative to commercial detergents, especially if you are trying to eliminate dyes and chemicals. I haven't touched the cheap Wisk I got a few weeks ago, 'cause I love this homemade stuff so much better! I'll keep the Wisk around in case I ever run out of laundry soap.
Oh and the dishwasher detergent? A cup of borax and a cup of super washing soda. Want it to smell good too? Blend these ingredients with 2-3 drops of essential oils and you're golden. I put mine in a vintage glass jar on the counter. 1 tablespoon in each compartment of your dishwasher does the job. If you notice a film on your dishes, use less. Rinsing agent? White vinegar. Cheap.
Give 'em a shot and let me know what you think!