I was a bit dubious at first, but it does a great job of cleaning our clothes. It removes dirt and mud stains really well. For greasy stains I pre-treat the spots by making some baking soda into a paste with a small bit of water, rubbing it in gently onto the offending fabric, and then spraying it with vinegar before it goes into the laundry. Ive had no itchy red skin while using this, and it costs a whole lot less than store bought brands, especially if you buy the baking soda and soda crystals at a bulk store like Bulk Barn or Binn Inn.
This is only recommended for regular washing machines. High Efficiency washers are some kind of magic and you have to use special stuff.
Home Made Laundry Detergent
Yield: 3 1/2 cups or approx. 30 loads
Time: 10 minutes
- 4 cup food processor
- Cheese grater
- Container to keep detergent in
- 2 bars of soap - Sunlight, Castille, Irish Spring, Zest, whatever soap you like, totally 250g
- 1 cup soda crystals – or “washing soda” or Borax would work as well
- 1 cup baking soda
- White Vinegar
Grate bars of soap with a cheese grater.
Mix baking soda, soda crystals and soap flakes together in food processor until very fine. If there are a lot of large pebble sized bits of soap I find they stay on your clothes through the wash.
Use about 2-3 tablespoons of the detergent per load in the detergent slot of your washing machine, add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the softener compartment.
Step 1: Grate
Step 2: Process
I like to give it a few pulses, and then just let it run on full for about 1 minute.
If there are a lot of large pebble sized bits of soap I find they stay on your clothes through the wash.