Several months ago I made some dry laundry detergent. I've really liked the results. I saw several recipes online and made a few changes based on what I had handy.
Box of Borax ($3.97)
Box of washing soda (not baking soda - this stuff is in the laundry isle) ($3.22)
small box of baking soda (.97cents)
1 bar of Zote(97 cents)
3 bars of Ivory ($1)
three containers of dollar store oxy clean stuff. ($3)
grand total $13.13 - not a mix for the superstitious i guess. LOL
I used my food processor to grind the soap up. Threw some soda in there to keep it from sticking to the blades. Came out a nice even powder. Zote is kind of sticky. Ivory is pretty crumbly.
Mixed everything well and put it in a large (2 gallon) jar. I keep some silica packets in there. Came with a pair of boots and they keep everything from absorbing moisture.
This amount last my family about 6 months. There are 3 of us here and one of our sons comes home to do his laundry a couple of times a month. So I guess it lasts 4 people 6 months. That's a savings over the stuff I was buying ready made. It gets the clothes very clean. Even with dogs & distance runners in the house. You want a real test of washing power? Clean a shirt worn by someone who just ran a half marathon. There's a test for you!