So I tried something new today...I made my own laundry detergent! Or at least I started the process. I didn't want to use the Fels Naptha soap that so many use, because it isn't really as natural a product as I'd like. I was going to use Dr. Bronner's, but it was $5 a bar, and really messed up the ability for my detergent to be all around green (saving me money as well as being natural and nontoxic.) So, being an Amazon.com lover like I am, I shopped around and found what I hope will be a suitable alternative.
The recipe I am using comes from Tipnut. I used recipe #9, but cut down the amount I was making. Right now I have mixed 1.5 cups of Borax with 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of washing soda. When my soap arrives I will grate 1 bar down and throw it into the tub with the rest of the mix.
I'm not really a math person, but I have estimated that this recipe would end up costing less than 10 cents a load! So it's easy to make, saves money and is natural and nontoxic. I can't wait for my bar soap to come so I can give this stuff a try! I will report back on how it goes!