This recipe originally comes from Wake Up World. The recipe is as follows:
3 tablespoons Borax (such as Twenty Mule Team)
3 tablespoons Washing Soda (such as Arm & Hammer)
2 tablespoons Liquid Dish Soap (such as Dawn)
8 cups water – preferably filtered
Find yourself a 1/2 gallon container such as a clean juice bottle that has been repurposed. Get out a funnel and add the borax and washing soda followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Give it all a good shake until the powdered ingredients are dissolved.
Add the liquid dish soap and swish it around until the brew is well mixed.”
I first made this laundry detergent for a demonstrative speech I did for class. I followed the directions exactly and used an old oxyclean container to store it in. I LOVE it. My husband is an industrial electrician so his clothes can be pretty dirty when he works. This recipe works great. If the load is particularly nasty I’ll add a little extra borax and/or washing soda, but for the most part this recipe works GREAT.
Now I know liquid dish soap isn’t all natural. I’m not claiming this as one of my hippie brews. This is more about saving money than anything for me. I do feel comfortable saying it is better than the commercial stuff though because there isn’t any packaging waste.