So you need a homemade recipe for laundry detergent? I hunted a while back for natural cleaners and came up with this recipe.
- 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)
- Pan and spoon
- 5 gallon bucket
- Empty laundry detergent bottles
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Grate your soap in the food processor. It’s easier.
- 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.
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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