I have was first introduced to this homemade laundry detergent by Amy over at Homestead Revival. I have been using this recipe for a few months now and I’m very pleased with it. I especially like the fact that it’s less expensive than buying laundry detergent.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 bar of Zote soap
1 1/2 cups of Borax
1 1/2 cups of Washing Soda
Use a food processor or hand cheese shredder to shred the Zote soap. Mix the Borax and Washing Soda together in a large bowl. Add the shredded Zote to the mix. At this point you can put the mixture into the food processor using your regular chopping blade to grind the mixture up better. If you don’t have a food processor you can use it as is. I have done both ways and it works fine.
I use 1/4 cup for regular loads and 1/2 cup for heavy soiled loads and towels. You may have to play around with the measurements to get it right for your wash. This batch lasts me about a month so sometimes I will double it to last longer.
Borax should not be used in homemade dishwasher soap because it can be toxic if ingested. Please keep borax and your homemade laundry detergent out of reach of children.