Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have been making homemade laundry detergent for over a year now and I LOVE it! It's super easy to make, lasts forever, cheap and it's natural!

Here's the low down on the Soap:
Yields 10 Gallons of Laundry cleaning soap.
Top Load Machine - Use 5/8 Cup per load which = 180 loads
Front Load Machine - Use 1/4 Cup per load which = 640 loads

1 Fels-Naptha Bar
1 Cup Super Washing Soda
1/2 Borax
4 Cups Hot Tap Water

Grate bar of soap and add to pot with hot tap water. With the setting on medium low heat stir until the soap is completely melted. {Stay with the soap, don't leave because it will get overheated and stick to your pot}.

Fill 5 Gallon bucket 1/2 full with hot tap water.
Add melted soap, borax and super washing soda.
Stir until completely dissolved.

Fill the rest of the bucket with hot tap water and stir again.
Let set overnight or until the soap is completely cold.
After it's cold stir again and fill an old laundry dispenser 1/2 full of your new laundry soap and the rest full with water.

That's it, just shake before each use!
Super easy, Super cheap & Super natural :)!

Do you make your own Laundry Soap, if so do you do anything different?

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  1. Marcie,
    I JUST did a post on this topic! I LOVE my homemade laundry soap!!

  2. I actually made some yesterday for the first time. I used a different bar of soap, but next time I'll get the kind you posted so I can compare. I only made two milk jugs worth of detergent, so I think my amounts were a bit diff. than yours.

    But I am very excited to do a load of laundry and see how it turns out. :) I'll be posting the recipe I used this week on my site if you are curious to see it.

  3. Love it! Thank you - I've been wanting this recipe.

  4. I have only seen a recipe for powdered - I love the idea of liquid. Can't wait to try it - thanks!

  5. I have been making this since April and got my sister hooked, too. It is great stuff, especially good at removing odors. I add about 30 drops essential oil (lavendar) for fragrance, too.

    A big bucket with a snug from Menards or a hardware store is great for mixing. I also have a Rubbermaid pitcher for shaking & pouring what I need on a daily basis.

  6. I just got done doing a bunch of looking around on the web and found that the Borax should be used with caution, since it's not considered natural or green. Here's a couple:




    I was thinking about trying it myself, but I am a little apprehensive as we have a lot of allergies and eczema around here. Have you had any problems? I'm not saying it's wrong, but I'm just trying to figure out my own household of problems and not add more :)

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  7. Becky, thanks for pointing that out. Both of my kids have eczema and allergies and do great with this, actually when they moved in they had both constantly and now I barely know they have it.

  8. can i use this with an "he" washing machine? thanks~~angela