Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Today's post doesn't have much to do with design or food, but it will save you a good deal of money! I'm all about saving a buck where I can so I can turn around and use it for something fun. Like new curtains. Or a new dishwasher. (Not that either of those things are on my wish list right now.)

I make several batches of this detergent and it lasts us for several months. I've tried making homemade liquid detergent, but I found it didn't work as well and having to deal with a 5-gallon bucket was more than a hassle.

I love that with this recipe, you buy three ingredients, blend and you're done. Easy! You can find all three ingredients at Publix, Amazon.com and Ingles. What you'll need is...

Fels-Naptha Soap Bar. { $0.99-$1.25 depending on where you buy }

Borax { $2.00-$4.00 depending on where you by }

Washing Soda { $2.50-$3.50 depending on where you buy }

For one batch, you'll use the entire bar of soap, but the boxes of Washing Soda and Borax should last you for multiple batches. To make, cut the bar of soap into large chunks and add to a blender. Next, add 1/2 cup of Washing Soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Blend until well mixed.

Here's a close-up. The bright yellow is the bar of soap. You can see how blending it gives you nice little flecks throughout the mix. To use, simply add one spoonful to your wash. If the laundry is heavily soiled, add two spoonfuls.

To make the large jar above, I used three bars of soap and 1 1/2 cups each of Borax and Washing Soda. For under $6 I made enough soap to last us for at least 4 months, maybe longer. It works great, I don't have to coupon for laundry detergent deals and I can save my money for more important things. Like a dishwasher. (*Cough, cough* Justin Smith.)

 { Homemade Laundry Detergent }

1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap

1/2 cup Borax

1/2 cup Washing Soda

Cut soap into chunks and add to blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until

well combined. To use, add one spoonful to each load of laundry.