I was given a recipe for home made laundry detergent several years ago that had both a powdered version and a liquid version. The liquid version took longer to make and more room to store, so in favor of speed and ease, I chose the powdered version.
The original recipe called for Borax, Super Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha soap. However, I found the Fels-Naptha undesirable because it seemed to put a coating on my clothes and my washing machine. I still keep a bar on hand to scrub out stains before throwing the clothes in the washer, but I no longer add it to my detergent.
I simply buy a box of Borax and a box of Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda), dump them both in a bucket and mix them. That’s it! Of course, the original recipe calls for equal amounts of each ingredient, but who has time to measure!?! 🙂
I generally use 2 Tablespoons per load because that is a full scoop with the little scooper I have, although 1 Tablespoon is the recommended amount.
For our whites, I dump in some home made bleach, too. I also like to hang our clothes on the line when the weather permits to let the sun bleach them, and it helps save electricity when I don’t have to run the dryer.
Additional laundry cleaning recipes can be found on the Wellness Mama blog.