Found this recipe on the Duggar’s website. It is a great and cheap alternative – especially useful for those with skin sensitivities as it is dye and fragrance-free. I’ll have to try this when we run out of detergent!
Very hot water
Washing soda (or soda ash)
– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Also, she has a recipe for powdered laundry detergent!
I haven’t tried this recipe yet, so if any of you do let me know! I’d love to know how it turned out!