Homemade Laundry Detergent

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So you need a homemade recipe for laundry detergent? I hunted a while back for natural cleaners and came up with this recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Borax (around $2.50)
  • 1 cup Washing soda. Found in the laundry aisle. ($3.50)
  • 1 cup Baking Soda ($.50)
  • Bar of soap. Use a pure natural one to make this even better for your family. ($.59)
  • 3 gallons of hot water plus 4 cups water
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Grater
  • Pan and spoon
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Empty laundry detergent bottles
Tips and Tricks
  1. You know all those little bars of soap you get that you can’t use anymore as they’re the “end bit”? You can save those and use them for this.
  2. Many of you have asked if it worked well. I honestly love the way it works but I am going to stain and wash two shirts in the next couple of days and show you the results so stick around!
  3. You can also use this dry as well. Grate the soap but leave out the boiling water part. Works really well, although I find that my whites are a little dingy after several washings.
  4. It can be used with a High efficiency machine. Use maybe 1/4 cup per load. Test with your machine to see if this amount works well.One word of caution, if using a high efficiency machines: Before pouring the lumpy gel into the detergent receptacle, stir it to break up the lumps. Very large lumps may not fully dissolve, stirring the detergent with a spoon, pencil, or whatever you have available (or your finger), works fine.
  5. Grate your soap in the food processor. It’s easier.
  6. Choose Fels Naptha soap instead to get out real grime.

Yield:This recipe yields 442 oz of laundry detergent, of which 4 oz are required per laundry load. With this recipe you should be able to wash 110 ½ loads of laundry.

Cost Breakdown

Borax: $2.50 for 76 oz. Cost per batch: $.13 (4 oz needed for recipe)
Washing Soda: $3.50 for 55 oz. Cost per batch $.50 (8 oz needed for recipe)
Ivory Soap: $.59
Baking Soda: $.25 for 8 oz
Final Cost to make: $1.47
Yield: 442 oz.
Cost per oz. = $.003

The cost to wash 110.5 loads with homemade laundry detergent is just over $1.

The Step by Step pictures are also here.

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