But I kept putting off gathering the supplies until one day I was standing in Wal-mart at the end of the month, and hence the end of the grocery budget, thinking "laundry soap or more chocolate?" ;) I decided to look more closely into making my own and discovered...
Making your own is simple, fun and cheap... and it seems to be getting ever more popular. My friend Natalie just started making her own too!
Since there's not enough room in my laundry room to store five gallons of liquid detergent I decided to go with a powdered recipe. Though, if you have the room I'd definitely recommend checking out Natalie's liquid version.
1 cup fels naptha bar soap (Dove works too)
3/4 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
3/4 cup borax
1/2 cup oxi clean (opt.)
1. Grate the soap
2. Add the other ingredients and mix well
3. Use 1 T per load.
Complicated, huh? :) It works for me and is super cheap.
Using these calculations, it costs about 2 pennies a load.