On MotherEarthNews, there was this recipe for homemade laundry detergent:
8 c baking soda
6 c borax
4 c grated castille soap
Tbsp lavender essential oil
mix all together w wire whisk
Makes enough laundry detergent for 6 months
A few questions - where do you get castille soap from and what is it? Secondly, this says it lasts six months, but how long does the average large box of say, Tide laundry soap last (for a household of four)? Does making it the above way actually give you more or less loads than storebought?
Secondly, cost effectiveness - I can't go to the store to check prices since I'm housebound due to debilitating nerve damage... what is the price of baking soda and of Borax? Because this recipe asks for quite a lot of it. If it's cost effective in comparison to regular laundry soap, then I'll get my brother to get the baking soda/Borax/castille, but if not we'll have to stick with the regular laundry soap for now even though it's not green, since we're on a really tight budget.