We made our own laundry soap. It has 20 mules in it. Tea tree oil. It works great. Cost per load: .01
We’ve already stopped using many common household cleaners, as vinegar, baking soda and warm water seems to clean damn near everything. If I can get my small engines around here to run on tap water….
EDITED TO ADD THIS FOR MY JEALOUS READERS: Teh recipe for Coyote Creek Homemade Laundry Goop.
Water, borax, washing soda, Ivory soap. Mix well. (Just kidding)
Get a large bucket, set it aside.
Now, grate an entire bar of Ivory soap (or 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha) and place in saucepan. Add 5-6 cups of water, heat until the soap melts. Dissolve 1 cup washing soda (available from kroger) and 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax (you can use 10 mule team, but your clothes will only get half as clean) into your soap/water mixture. Remove from heat.
Go get your large bucket (2-5 gallon) and put in about a half gallon of water, add your goopy mixture and stir. Add 1 3/4 gallon of water and stir again.
Go do something for around 24 hours, let it gel. (it doesn’t really “gel” uniformly), it kinda looks gross, and doesn’t produce suds when you wash in it, but let not your heart be troubled, it WILL clean your clothes, and there are no phosphates from this. We added tea tree oil for scent but you can use almost any essential or non-essential oil. Those of you that enjoy musicals and home decor may add lavender. (about 1 oz)
It works great, saves money, and cuts back on plastic containers. This appeals to me. I’ll be along to sniff y’all in short order. Be ready.