HOMEMADE COLOR SAFE (NON) BLEACH
Using a clean, bleach container or gallon jug, mix 2 cups hydrogen peroxide with llukewarm water (enough to fill up the container with room to shake the mixture with out risk of spilling). Simply, mix and shake! After the two are mixed together, this is ready to go! You may also put into a spray bottle to use for pre-stain treatment.
Now, for the recipe that all my friends have been waiting for. HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT! First, I tend to spend $4-8 on a bottle of laundry detergent. These 32 load bottles are costing me between 12.5*-.25* per load. Along with the cost, my son has very sensitive skin and the doctor recommended using detergents that we safer for his skin; thus, my reasoning to make my own laundry detergent. Ok, so here we go!
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1/3 bar of Fels Naptha or Ivory Bar Soap
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 Borax powder
You will need a large container you can mix everything in and leave overnight. We used a large pot, but a 5-gallon bucket or other container will work.
**All ingredients can be found in the laundry soap isle. Please note that washing soda is different than baking soda!**
Grate the bar of soap then add to a pan and 6 cups of water. Cook this until the soap melts. Combine the washing soda & Borax with the liquid soap and mix until everything is dissolved. In your container, combine mixture with 4 cups of hot water and mix again. After you have mixed this, add 22 cups of water and mix. After this, let the mixture sit overnight. Use around 1 "capfull" from your laundry soap container (or 1/3 cup) for a load. So you know, this soap will not be completely liquid, nor will it be solid gel. For us, it was a lumpy, liquid. We also had ours sitting overnight outside with the temps in the garage cold, so you will want to take that into account. If you want to add some essential oil to make the detergent smell differently, you may also add a few drops of whatever you would like. For me, when I purchased all the ingredients, I spent $5~ however, I didn't use very much of any of the ingredients. Due to using 1/3 of the bar of soap, I can make this 3 times. So, this is pretty cheap and makes a large quantity. Broken down, this will cost you less than .02* per load depending on how much you use and what brands you buy!
For an stronger soap you may want to add more Borax or washing soda. The washing soda helps to break up grime.