I’ve been looking all over the internet for some home made laundry detergent recipes. It’s pretty hard to find one where you don’t have to melt anything, since I don’t have any non-food pots at the moment, I had to find a recipe that didn’t call for melting down any of the ingredients. I did finally find a recipe over at One Good Thing by Jillee. Her recipe is so simple, I just had to give it a try, and since it is a no-grate recipe, it makes it that much better!
Gather your supplies: You will need Borax (I use 20 Mule Team, which is what I remember from way back when), Washing Soda (found with your detergents in the grocery store), and Dawn Dish Liquid. While both Borax and Washing Soda are laundry boosters, and can be used separately, they apparently work very well together. Dawn Dish liquid, as we all know, is great for getting out grease and heavy soil (and you can choose a scent you like best). A measuring cup, pot, funnel, and a TBS measuring spoon and a one gallon jug. That’s it.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, while adding 3 Tablespoons of Borax and Washing Soda and 2 Tablespoons of Dawn to your gallon jug. Add the boiling water to the jug, and SWISH around. Do not close up the jug and shake or you will have a blow-out, literally. Swish until all ingredients are dissolved, and let set to cool.
Once cool, finish filling the jug with cold water. Suds will run out the top, but that is okay. Leave uncapped until the suds are gone. You will use between 1/2 cup and one cup of laundry detergent per load, since this is a liquid and not a gel. You need the grating recipe to make more of a gel type detergent.