Now, rather than buying a separate box of Granny's soap flakes, I simply grate up two bars of soap; one Palmolive (green), and one Knight's Castile (white). I've found this adds a slight but not overwhelming fragrance to the mix and leaves no soap residue whatsoever on the laundry. I do though, recommend removing the soap bars from their packaging and leaving them out in the open air for a few weeks prior to grating.
Put half the grated soap in a bowl with half a 500g pack of Borax substitute, and around half a 1kg bag of soda crystals. Using a rubber gloved hand - remember soda crystals are mildly caustic and can irritate skin - mix all the ingredients together, pinching out any lumps so you end up with a nice smooth mixture. Keep the rest of the grated soap flakes in an old tub or jar for next time.
For reference, the scoop I use to measure out my laundry detergent is out of a tub of Vanish powder, and I use one level scoop per load. Pour or scoop the mixture into a storage jar, and voila.
|My jar of laundry detergent|
I think my homemade version smells better to. My clothes smell fresh and clean, but they're not sick-makingly perfumed. Since I stopped using proprietary laundry products, I've really started to notice just how revolting clothes washed in said commercial products really smell. I used to quite enjoy walking down the "smellies" aisle at the supermarket, now it makes me want to gag and sets off a huge coughing fit :(