Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

So... some of you have been asking me about how I made my homemade laundry detergent.. so here it goes!

Here are the 3 items that I purchased and used! (I could only find the borax at walmart... but my pricecutter had all of them)

Recipe (This recipe makes 2 gallons)

1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha
1/2 Cup of Super Washing Soda
1/2 Cup of Borax

Grate you soap and put it in pan (I used a large pot) and add 6 cups of water and mix until soap is melted. Once the soap is melted add the Washing Soda and Borax and mix until disolved. Remove from heat. Now add 4 cups of Hot water into your bucket you are using to store the soap (I used a 5 gallon bucket with lid). Now add you soap mixer into bucket and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for 24 hours and it will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load.

A few things
- This soap is a low sudsing soap... but it's ok... that is not what cleans your clothes, it's the ingredients!
- If you would like a type of scent you can add about 15 drops of essential oil to mix. (I did not do this.... I love the "clean" smell it already gives
-It is not hard to make, so don't make it hard! :)
- When broken down it adverages out to about.... .71 cents per 64 loads!
- I am very picky when it comes to the cleanness of my clothes, and I will have to say I am very pleased with the results! Took the grass stains right out of my husbands clothes without pretreating or anything!!!

****Some wantt an EXTRA boost with their whites or what not.... if you are looking for something to add... try this!! It's the generic for OxyClean (I haven't added this to any of my loads yet)

Here is the finished product!!!

Some have asked if it's a nasty looking result... So it's just like any other laundry detergent! Once it has set for 24 hours you need to stir it up... and I stir it every time I used it! I will be making a double batch next time... but I wanted to just make a single one to try first!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask... here is the website that I for my recipe from in the beginning so maybe it can help along the way for you... http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

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