HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1 bar soap (I used Fels-Naptha, but you could try Ivory or Dr. Bronner's)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
20 drops tea tree oil (optional, but it smells good and has disinfectant properties)
First, grate the soap using a hand grater.
Finally, stir in the borax and washing soda and 20 drops essential oil. Stir until well combined, about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container. I used an empty coffee canister.
HOMEMADE DISHWASHER TABS
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup white vinegar
20 drops of lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients until well mixed, then press into two ice cube trays. If you pack thoroughly, all the mixture should fit in the two trays. Leave in a dry, sunny spot until thoroughly hard, about 24 hours.
I am hooked! So far, my experience has taught me that homemade cleaning products are simple and inexpensive to make, plus they are much easier on the environment than their commercial counterparts. Let me know if you decide to give either of these a try!