I have begun making my own laundry detergent and am thrilled with the results!
Why make homemade?
- It’s VERY inexpensive! (Check out my price comparisons below.)
- Non-toxic and safe for the environment.
- It’s easy!
- Being self-sufficient is FUN!
1 bar of Ivory soap, grated using cheese grater or food processor
1 cup Borax*
1 cup Washing Soda*
Mix it all together and store in an airtight container. Use 1 Tbsp for regular loads and 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled loads. (I keep a plastic Tbsp scoop in my jar for easy measurements.)
With this recipe you can wash approximately 48 loads of laundry.
*These can be found in the laundry isle.
See, isn’t that easy?
You can also make liquid laundry detergent. The liquid detergent is a little bit more labor-intensive, but it is cheaper.
1 bar Ivory soap, grated
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
Place grated soup with 5 cups water on stove. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into a 5-gallon container and stir.
Cover the container, and let it sit overnight. Once it’s cooled it will gel. It will not gel uniformly so it will be lumpy and watery. It may not be very attractive, but it works. It’s best find smaller storage containers for convenience. (Empty store-bought laundry detergent containers work great.) Shake container each time before using.
Use 1/2 cup per laundry load.