Like many others, I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and make my own laundry detergent. After consulting friends for their recipes and the internet, I have come up with a consensus for what the best recipe is and then combined tips along the way. Hopefully, this will be a one stop shop for your DIY needs.
I picked up the washing soda at my local HEB, the borax at Target, and the Zote at Big Lots. Each of the boxes are in the mid $3 range and the soap was $.90. I have been told that these are all available at most Wal-Marts. (I try to avoid that place like the plague. Although, I can’t be too judgmental because I was a four star cashier in high school at my local Wal-mart.)
First, grate the bar of soap. Don’t put the grater in your dishwasher or you’ll have a big surprise all over the floor.
Use a ratio of 1:1:2 (washing soda: borax: graded zote). Then measure the washing soda and borax and add to food processor. Add the grated soap last so that your processor doesn’t get all gummy. I put 2 cups washing soda, 2 cups Borax and 4 cups of zote at a time in the food processor. Blend for 30 seconds or so until the soap turns to very small granules like pictured below.
Use 1 to 2 tablespoons for each load of laundry.
I made almost a half a gallon for about $5. Half a gallon has 128 tablespoons.
Ingredients: Borax is made of sodium tetraborate which is a mineral. Washing Soda is 100% sodium carbonate (Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which is totally different). Zote is sodium tallowate (beef tallow), sodium cocoate (coconut oil), citronella oil, optical brighteners and dye (for blue or pink bars).
I am working on trying to get some beef tallow to make my own soap. Stay tuned…