In the past, I've tried a few different kinds of homemade laundry detergent to save us some money and had mediocre success. They were either too time consuming to make or we went through it too quickly..
Well, I finally found one I like. It's a powder form, quick to make and you only need a bit to clean a load. I love this stuff.
The original recipe from Little House Living recommends only 1 TBSP per load or a bit more if you have a top loading machine or really dirty clothes. I opted to use 1/4 cup for each load (I have a top loading and my kids are kinda messy) and it works great. Use whatever amount you desire.
The original also calls for castille bar soap. I do have a tough time finding it in my small town, so, I also use the regular laundry soap bar instead.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Combine all in large pot/bowl and mix well. Making sure there are no lumps. Store in a covered container.
- 1 cup citric acid (can be found in canning section of grocery store)
- 3 cups washing soda
- 2 bars laundry bar soap or 2 bars castille soap- grated
- 1 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup salt