I’ve had this recipe kicking around for years now and started using it again months ago, when I realized how much I missed making my own detergents and cleaning supplies. With the inevitability of most of us having to tighten our belts and do things a bit differently, I wanted to share this really simple DIY dry laundry detergent formula.
You will need:
- Box of Borax
- Box of Washing Soda
- Bar of soap – nothing fancy (I use Dove’s sensitive skin bars)
- Container with a lid
- 2 tbsp. scooper
If you’ve never used Borax or even know what Washing Soda is, you can find it in the aisle with the other household cleaners. They seem to be up on the top shelves.
Mix 3c of Borax with 3c of the Washing Soda. Grate the entire bar of soap and then mix it all together.
…and that’s it! I store my laundry detergent in a glass circular container that has a lid. You will use one 2 tbsp. scooper per full load, decreasing it to half for a smaller load. My detergent lasts over a month, with 4 people in the household, who also use cloth napkins for our meals and scraps of fabric for most of our every day cleaning. So, yeah, we do a lot of laundry!
Borax and Washing Soda can be used for other things, too, which is another reason why I like this recipe. Most of my cleaning supplies incorporate ingredients that have more than one purpose, making it an easy way to save money.
Finances got very tight for me back in 2015 when I left a full time, steady job for a part time kickboxing instructor position. To say it was a significant decrease in salary would be an understatement, but it came with a huge increase in happiness. We made do and I learned how to stretch a dollar pretty far. I was happy to do it because I was doing what I loved, finally.
I can say now that re-entering the office lifestyle back in 2017 was the best thing I could’ve done. No gyms around us are open now and I’d be out of a job, without question. Leaving the law office I went back to in 2017 (which I stayed until October of 2018) was also a good choice because I don’t think I’d even be granted this work from home option I have now with my current job. It’s funny how shit happens – I am grateful for it.