Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

Im almost out of my homemade laundry detergent so today I decided to make a new batch. If you haven't tried this you should. It is good for the environment and also your pocketbook. I make a batch for about .80 cents and that lasts me about 2 months. It is just my husband and I but I was going through a bottle every 2 weeks.

You ask how do I make it.

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha or other type of soap I use a full bar of Ivory
1/2 cup of washing soda
1/2 cup of Borax

I use a plastic container with a lid so I can store it and I saved an old empty bottle to pour it in

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for 24 hours and it will jell.
You use 1/2 cup per load.

I add lavender essential oil to mine. You can add any scent you like.
Once you use this you will never go back to store bought.



mayzbeadz said...

this is kinda neat we are so much alike...
i garden first timer!!!! planted a lot like you did!! and i am a bead maker!!!! and my wife and i have cut out buying "real soap" for a while now we do the same as you now!!!!
i have something i use for the rest of my house as well as in the shower!!!
i use Dr.Bronners castile soap bought at health food stores i use the peppermint for cleaning and lavender for laundry!!!
so for the household cleaner i use about 1/2 c of dr. bronners and about two lids of tea tree oil in an old spray bottle
and the dr. bronners soap i use it on us in the kids shower and ours...i don't buy shampoo anymore or soap!!! i bet we save $100s over the year!!!

TiLT said...

cool! thanks :)