I started using homemade laundry detergent/soap quite a while ago and I seriously don't know why I didn't start sooner. For one, it is CRAZY inexpensive (we're talking just a few tiny cents per load), and that, in and of itself, is enough reason to make your own. The first batch I ever made lasted me almost a year! I'll be honest, it does take a little effort to make (obviously...just like anything else you make yourself), but it is actually quite easy! And, when you're only making a batch once or twice per YEAR (depending on how much you make and how much laundry do you), that effort really doesn't amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
One thing I will say, if you're crazy about the idea of your clothes smelling like store bought laundry detergent, this could be the biggest thing you'll have to get used to as far as making the healthier switch. Why? Because the scent of homemade laundry soap is very mild. However, this is a good thing! It means your clothing isn't loaded with tons of chemical scents and additives that end up being absorbed by your body as you wear and use your washed items. For some reason, we've all been brainwashed into believing that if our clothing doesn't have that strong freshly washed scent, our clothes aren't clean. This is SO not true! Homemade laundry detergent cleans just as well (so far in my own experience) as store varieties and is much healthier for our bodies.
Alright...let's learn how to make this stuff, shall we??
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar of natural soap (great options are Dr. Bronner's or Young Living)
Seriously, that's it! I personally like to make a large batch, so I'll triple or quadruple this recipe and store it in a large glass container I just picked up at Walmart. If you want, you can stir in some additional essential oils to strengthen the scent of your detergent even more.
Instructions: Using a sharp knife, dice your bar soap and add it to a food processor. Pulse until the soap resembles small beads. Add borax, washing soda, and soap to your glass jar. Carefully mix together (as it will cloud up if you mix it too aggressively - you don't want to inhale it). Cover with lid and store. Use just 2 tbsp per load of laundry.