Pinterest: the place where I am most likely to get inspired, in over my head, buy too much at Hobby Lobby or Whole Foods and make a big mess.
But this time I was actually successful with a pin! I keep seeing pins for homemade laundry detergent and I don't know why, but the idea just intrigued me. I told Matt it was because I wanted to find a way to save money since the cost of laundry detergent makes me think it must be made out of powdered unicorn horns, and he said "Let's be honest - you just want another craft to do."
I reviewed a bunch of the different recipes and saw a general overlap of two options: one that involved boiling stuff and the other that involved mixing dry stuff. I went with the latter.
Here's the recipe I followed.
I'm happy to report it was easy, successful and very satisfying. I made a huge tub from one Fels-Naptha soap bar that cost 99 cents that should last 40 loads. The arm and hammer soap and Borax each cost $4 and have enough for many, many loads to come. (If any of my local friends want to try this, I'll give you a cup of the Borax and A&H soap. I feel like I'm going to have these boxes around for awhile.) So far, everything I've washed has come out clean to my satisfaction. I was a little nervous, because in the past I've used some eco-friendly (Seventh Generation, Method) detergents and they didn't get out cooking oil which is my #1 stain. I'm a messy cook. So far, this has not let me down. I do still have one box of Tide that I'm keeping on hand, and I figure if I have any heavy soiled items or a stain that won't come out with this, I'll use that for back up.