I have a recipe using the Fels Naptha soap and one which uses either Dawn or Ivory dish soap. The washing soda is the hardest item to find, from what I've found. But another newsletter that I subscribe to says that washing soda is just Sodium Carbonate (not bicarbonate). Soda ash, which is used in pools, is also sodium carbonate, and is cheap. The person who discovered that said she picked up 10 pounds of it at a local pool supply store for $1.89 per pound! Much cheaper than the price she found if you ordered online ($18 for 3.5 pounds, not including shipping, which works out to over $5 per pound!). Even ordering the soda ash online was $12.91 plus shipping for 5 pounds, which is still cheaper than ordering super washing soda online.
Making your own detergent works out to about 3 cents per load, compared to 35 cents per load for store bought laundry detergent, and it works for both regular and HE washing machines.
Edited by: CBRINKLEY401 at: 3/14/2013 (19:04)
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