This is so easy, I could have my 22 year old son make it. I know, usually you'd say your 12 year old, but she's a girl. ~smile~ I like using some small 50 oz. detergent jugs that I saved from detergent bought on sale. That was before I tried this super quick, super cheap laundry detergent. I have experimented a bit to find the strength that I like. Here's how I do it super quick!
Super Quick Super Cheap Laundry Detergent
- 1 T* concentrated Dawn dish soap
- ~ or ~
- 2 T original Dawn dish soap
- 1 T Borax*
- 1 T Arm & Hammer Washing Soda* (not baking soda)
- Line however many empty bottles you have up in your sink. (You could even use two liter bottles if you want.)
- Put 1 T concentrated or 2 T original Dawn dish soap in each bottle.
- Put 1 T Borax in each bottle.
- Put 1 T Washing soda (not baking soda) in each bottle.
- Add approximately 4 cups hot water to each bottle, cap it, and swish it around.
- Add water to reach the neck of the bottle, cap and swish it around. It's okay if some suds overflow.
It's been working fine for our family so far. I use one capful* for regular clothes, two for towels and jeans and other dirty items. I've even used it for my 22 year old's super dirty work clothes. I used 4 capfuls. It's a super simple, super cheap way to make detergent. If you have to use a little more, or your kids use too much, it's only pennies to make more. My budget loves it! Give it a try, and tell me what you think!
Both the Borax and washing soda are in the laundry aisle at my Wal-Mart.
Mind you, I've not used this detergent with bleach yet. I don't know of any trouble with mixing these ingredients with bleach in the water, but I'd use caution.
Happy at Home
*Edited to answer a question from Lisa Grace regarding cup size.
What an excellent question! It's the very question that makes comparing prices at the store so hard.
My capful measures 3/4 cup. I don't think you need to be very precise with the measurement you use.
I use extra if I have an extra large load or very dirty items.
*Edited to answer a question from Alyssa:
T is the abbreviation for a measuring tablespoon.
You might enjoy: