My mom gave me a sample from a batch that she made and I used it for a few loads of laundry. It worked perfectly! My honey has sensitive skin and he didn't get itchy or anything. We are currently finishing up a jug of the store bought stuff and then I plan to whip up my first full batch of this and move on over to the world of homemade laundry detergent.
*Do not eat this. That would be silly and would almost certainly make you ill.
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Makes one gallon -- enough for approximately 16 loads of laundry.
- 1/3 bar Ivory soap, grated
- 2 cups water, plus 14 additional cups
- 2 Tablespoons borax
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda or washing soda
Melt the soap flakes in the two cups of water over medium heat. Stir to dissolve. Pour into a 1-gallon container and add enough water to bring it to a half gallon (~6 cups water). Add the borax and washing soda, stirring to dissolve. Top off with water to make one gallon. (~8 more cups) Stir.
Use 1 cup per load.
Both washing soda and borax can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. Washing soda is a hard water treatment. You can increase the amount of washing soda to 1/4 cup if your home has hard water.
Instead of using a commercial fabric softener, add 1/2 cup white vinegar in the rinse cycle.