5 bars of Ivory or Castile Soap
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup of Oxyclean or Organic Alternative (check Meijer for both)
I use a cheese grater on a cookie sheet and finely (or course is ok too) grate 5 bars of soap.
I place this on top of my fridge over night to dry out.
Next day, I crumbled soap up with my fingers (I usually wear gloves, not always)
I pour in the 2 boxes of soap and the Oxy Clean product and mix well. ( I do wear gloves for this)
I love to recycle, so I store this in two large coffee cans, or double it for a cat litter box.
I have an energy efficient washer, so I usually only use 2-3 tablespoons. I have been using this recipe for over a year and I have a sloppy toddler, a husband and son that do concrete and farming. Our clothes are clean. For regular washers, start with a 1/4 cup and go up if you need more.
If you want scent, I wet a wash cloth and put a few drops of an oil, like organic peppermint oil. ( I don't think organic is necessary for this, I use it for fevers for my toddler, place a few drops on the soul of her foot, mix with a few drops of olive oil if it stings.)
I have used the cheapest, unscented, all natural fabric softener known to man. My go to cleaner!
White Vinegar! White vinegar is my friend and it cleans my house, softens my laundry and disinfects my chicken brooders and everything in between! Do not worry about "vinegar" scented clothes. That is bull butter. I have used vinegar for deoderant also. I never ever smell like a salad. I often feel like a salad, but I have never smelled like one!