I am working on making a TON of new "recipes" for homemade cleaners and such, but I wanted to update you on my new laundry recipe.
1 bar of yardley lavender soap (bought at the dollar store- but you can use anything that is SOAP, not a beauty bar)
1c. washing soda (again, NOT baking soda.)
finely grate bar on smallest setting of box grater, -OR- grate on the "regular" setting and pulse in your food processor. Please note, fancy gadgets are NOT a necessity for this recipe, but they sure do make life easier for us! Still just around .02 for a load of laundry! How Smart and Savvy is that?!
Mix all together in a container. (I use an old recycled coffee creamer container) use 1 tablespoon on super soiled laundry, or 2 teaspoons on "regular" laundry. If you cloth diaper, for an entire load, use 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon, depending on the size of the load and the grossness of the "dirt" in them.
Still only costs about 2 cents a load and MUCH easier to deal with, considering it also saves a TON in space! I also triple the recipe and make it every 4-6 months depending on how much I have to wash. Typically I need to do more in the summer. Judah is very hard on clothes in the summer with all the exploring and dirty stuff that boys just HAVE to do. :)
**Borax and washing soda are found in the laundry aisles of your store. If you can't find them, google them and Arm and Hammer will tell you where you can buy washing soda locally. Borax is typically found anywhere laundry stuff is sold.**