I use to always buy Tide. Then I decided to be frugal. So that was the end of Tide...
and the beginning of an awesome low cost alternative.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 bar of Kirks Castile Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
Grate soap on the smallest hole setting of your cheese grater or cut it up into small chunks and put it in your food processor/blender. Object is to get the soap into small pieces so it will dissolve in your water. Add the borax and Washing Soda to the soap flakes and mix well. Use 1 Tbsp. per normal soiled laundry load. You will be able to wash approx 32 loads.
We like the fresh smell of this but if you do want to add a scent you can add a couple drops of essential oil to your mix.
I was able to purchase all of the ingredients at our local Econo Foods Store.
Cost for the ingredients
Kirks Soap $.83/bar
55 oz Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $3.79
76 oz Borax $3.49
Total spent for supplies $8.11
Cost - Homemade vs. Tide
Homemade $1.75 per batch or .05/load of laundry
Tide on sale $5.00 per bottle or .16/load of laundry
Much lower cost and much better for the environment.