i had always wanted to make home-made laundry detergent.
we just made our second batch last month.
(as in, our 2nd 5 gallon bucket.)
the first one we made last october.
(as in... october 2009.)
we refilled our detergent bottle 20 times with that batch.
(it costs less than $5.00 to make that entire 5 gallon bucket.)
we have been happy with how this detergent cleans.
which i suppose is what really matters....
you know, being laundry detergent and all ;)
so here we go...
let's make some homemade laundry detergent!
(find copy-paste-and-printable directions after all these pics with directions ;)
start off with borax, washing soda and a bar of fels-naptha...
now here are the directions straight from sandra, i'd print these if you want to try it out ;)
LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)