Those laundry detergent tablets that you toss in the wash while the machine fills are great -- you always have just the right amount for a load. The downside is that they can be expensive, especially from name brands. Here's how to make your own -- complete with stain remover and fabric softener -- for a fraction of the cost.
You'll need a few ingredients to make this one happen. Grab a mixing bowl, a grater, a baking sheet, some baking paper, and some measuring spoons. From there, you'll need some sodium carbonate (about 1 1/2 cups), some bar-style laundry soap (1/2 cup), some epsom salts (2 tbsp), hydrogen peroxide (3 tbsp), vinegar (1/4 cup), and a little essential oil (15-20 drops) to add a little fragrance.
Dry team first. You'll grate the bar soap into the mixing bowl, then add the sodium cabronate and epsom salts. Then add the peroxide and stir the mixture up. Add the vinegar next, and then a few drops of essential oil. Once everything is mixed up and incorporated nicely, you should have a mixture the consistency of wet sand. Scoop it out onto the baking sheet into dollops, and spritz it with a little water and vinegar. Then let it dry overnight. Once they're completely dry, you can store them in a jar, plastic baggie or a small box -- then pop one in the wash whenever it's time to do the laundry.
If you have full containers of each of the ingredients, you could easily make dozens of these -- way more than the recipe calls for -- and get away without buying conventional laundry detergent for months. For more photos and complete measurements for about 28 of these little laundry "bombs," head over to SavvySugar at the link below.
All-in-One Laundry Bombs [SavvySugar]