Besides Slave Saturday, my mom also washed her hands of our laundry when we turned 10. And I can't blame her. Kids stink. I know I will be doing that once my boys start getting stinky. That could be sooner than 10 because my 4 year old is already getting smelly.
My mom made this and I was skeptical, but I tried it. Would it irritate the boy's skin? Would it dull colors? Would it clean well enough? That's a no, no and yes. This stuff works. And it works well. The dirtiest thing I have washed with it? Van's jacket completely covered in old, crusted-on refried beans. After washing, not a trace.
The ingredients aren't complicated or hard to find. Although you might have to make an extra stop at a Latin market to get Zote soap. But it is inexpensive. I went to the trouble to price this whole thing out for you. For 16 pounds of laundry soup, you are looking at $25.90.
3 7 oz bars Zote bar soap, pink or white, grated (can do in a food processor)
4 lb 12 oz box Borax
55 oz box Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
55 oz box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
56 oz bucket Oxiclean
Combine all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket. Mix well. Use 1/4 cup for a regular sized washing load.
Yields 263 oz or 16.4 lbs laundry detergent.
Rookie's Notes: If you happen to have an empty detergent box, put this homemade stuff in it. Or just use a 5 gallon bucket.
Here are a few other not-food, homemade stuff I have on this here blog ("Now this here's a tree!" Name that movie):
Homemade, Washable Finger Paint
Homemade Whipped Brown Sugar Body Scrub