For the last few years (since 2011!), I’ve been making my own laundry detergent. If I had more time and mental energy, I’d figure out how much money I’ve saved myself. But I don’t, so let’s leave it at “a lot of money.”
I’ve been using this recipe to make a powdered version, but recently switched to a liquid version. Same functionality, a little more effort on the outset, but it makes more per batch with the same amount of ingredients. I make 5 gallons at a time, and it will last me roughly 3-4 months for our family of 3 (two grown ups, and one small baby).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a 5 gallon pail with a lid
- 1 bar of fels naptha soap
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- .5 oz of essential oil of your choosing (optional)
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Here’s how you make your detergent:
- Grate your bar of soap using a cheese grater or a food processor with the grate attachment. Boil the grated soap in 4 cups of water until the soap is dissolved.
- Fill a 5 gallon pail half way with hot water.
- Once the soap is dissolved, add the soap to the bucket, as well as one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. Stir to combine.
- Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot water. Stir again.
- Put the lid on and leave the detergent for 24 hours.
- After it sits for a day and some, it will most likely be clumpy. You can use it as such, or you can use an immersion blender to smooth it out. It’s up to you!
- Using a measuring cup with a pour spout and a funnel, pour into containers–old milk jugs work well!
- Use roughly 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
Enjoy your money saving, all natural laundry detergent!
I wanna know….Do you make any of your own soaps or cleaning products? Share in the comments!