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Free Homemade Laundry Detergent

April 30th, 2010 at 06:18 am

My neighbor decided to make her own laundry detergent on Earth Day. She loves it! She made a kit of ingredients for me to make my own batch.

The batch will make two gallons of detergent. I think she said the cost per load is $0.07! She didn't say how much the ingredients were but they had to be fairly inexpensive.

Here's the recipe that I plan to mix up this weekend:
1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap
1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. borax powder

You will also need a small bucket approximately, 2 gallons in size. I purchased mine yesterday with a lid at Home Depot for about $5. I sure don't want this stuff to spill!

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours to gel. Use 1/2 cup detergent per load of laundry.

This recipe is from this website. I'll let you know how I like it soon!

1 Responses to “Free Homemade Laundry Detergent”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    This is similar to our laundry detergent, but we keep it a powder. We do 1 bar of Dr. Bronners scented soap, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax. We coarsely chop the soap and then grind it to a powder in the blender, then mix in a container with the other two ingredients using a spoon. We use about a tablespoon of the mixture per load, plus a half-cup of vinegar thrown into the fabric-softener container in the center of the machine. If things are getting dingy we treat them with Oxy Clean.

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