Home-Made Cold Water Detergent

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 Add these first four ingredients in a 5 Gallon Jug:

2/3 C. Borax

2/3 C. Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Tea Tree Oil

Just under 5 Gallons of hot water 

(leave enough head room for a bit of mixing and for the final ingredient too)

Close Container, Mix Well, & Then add:

2 C Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser 

Close the container and gently shake to mix it a bit. I like to leave it overnight (or until it's completely cooled) before use. Pour it into a smaller container w/a pour spout to make it easy to dispense. *Make sure to gently shake it before you pour into a smaller container. 

Directions For Laundry:
I use about 1/2 cup for a small load, and ¾ to 1 cup for a large load.  I never use more than 1 &½ cups and that's only for nasty diapers or really dirty clothes. This detergent works in the clothes washer on COLD just as well as it does on warm. I thought it was too good to be true when I started washing with it, but it says right on the Sal Suds bottle that it works the same in hot or cold water...extra savings now that I don't have to pay to heat all that water.* For extra dirty clothes just let them soak in the detergent for a while, I usually do ½ to a full hour.

Directions For Dishes: 
I just fill the pre-wash and main-wash cups completely. The only thing that I don't like about this recipe is that I usually have to scrub the cheese grater and really dirty utensils a bit, but other than that I've been pretty happy with the results (I am notorious for leaving the dishes overnight though, I'm always too pooped by the end of the day to get to that last load of dishes, I'm sure that is the majority of the problem).**If you decide you don't like it for your dishes you can also use it just to stretch your favorite dish detergent by filling the main-wash cup w/this detergent and then using your regular kind for the pre-wash cup.** Make sure to use Vinegar as your rinse aide for even more savings (plus it's healthier than traditional rinse aides).