Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I love to make stuff.  Maybe it's the pharmacist in me, but I find it quite thrilling to put different ingredients together to make something beneficial....like laundry detergent.   This project has been on my to-do list for quite sometime, and while doing some grocery shopping this morning, I decided today was the day.   

I found a recipe that I wanted to follow on a post at:  
www.beingcreativetokeepmysanity.blogspot.com 

My recipe ended up differing a bit, but not too much.
 Here is what I used. 

1 box 20 Mule Team BORAX (4lbs 12 oz)
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lb 7oz)
4 boxes (1 lb each) of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 
2 cups Oxi-Clean (I used the perfume and dye free version)
3 bars Colgate OCTAGON All-purpose soap.


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I grated the Octagon with an old cheese grater. Grating the soap was a bit time consuming, so I just grated while watching TV. It probably took about 30 minutes, but I would stop for a bit, and come back to it.

In a large container, I mixed all the ingredients together. 
I divided the detergent into large plastic containers so it would store more easily, and filled a smaller container for daily use.
I also bought an inexpensive set of measuring spoons, and put the TABLESPOON in with the detergent to use as my scoop.  I am using a heaping tablespoonful per load.