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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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which is where we found this yummy (smelling) recipe, for laundry detergent!

Tips and Tricks - Make Your Own Laundry Soap


1 bar of soap (whatever kind you like)
1 box of washing soda (Contains enough for six batches of this stuff)
1 box of borax (One box of borax will contain more than enough for tons of batches)
A five gallon bucket with a lid
Three gallons of tap water
A big spoon to stir the mixture with
A measuring cup
A knife

Step One: Put about four cups of water into a pan and heat it up. While you’re waiting, start shaving strips off of the bar of soap into the water, whittling it down. Keep the heat below a boil and keep shaving the soap. Stir the hot water until the soap is dissolved and you have soapy water.

Step Two: Put three gallons of hot water into the five gallon bucket. Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one, stir it for a while, then add a cup of the washing soda. Keep stirring it for another minute or two, then add a half cup of borax if you are using borax. Stir for another couple of minutes, then let the stuff sit overnight to cool.

When you wake up in the morning, your soap will be that’s a paler shade of the soap that you used. One measuring cup full of this will be roughly what you need to do a load of laundry and the ingredients are basically the same as laundry detergent. Out of three gallons, you’ll get about 48 loads of laundry.


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Comments (5)


I've been making it just like that for awhile. It's easy. What you DO have to do is shake it before you use it each time. It gels and separates from the water.


What is the world is washing soda?


What a great tip! I am running low on detergent and I will make a batch to compare (since I already have most of the ingredients in the house!) Thanks for sharing! You make it look so easy!


Thanks so much - that's really cool. Good tip, hope we see more from you!


Wow, great idea, who knew. I'll have to check that out and see how it compares to our current detergent.

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