9 Mar 2011, 8:09pm


Homemade Laundry Detergent

Sometimes I do laundry over at my friend Joy’s house.  This is partly because I don’t have a washing machine (I use my mother-in-law’s washing machine…about 1/3 mile away), partly because she has a dryer…and partly because I like excuses to hang out at her house!  The difficult part about not having a washing machine is that laundry really piles up unless you want to cart it back and forth…back and forth…etc.  I am not complaining because my husband offered to purchase a washing machine for me a while back and I wanted to use the money for other stuff.  The biggest pain is trying to wash towels with no dryer to dry them in…they just don’t get soft and fluffy.  So Joy lets me use hers (washing machine) whenever I want and where I am going with this story is just this.  SHE HAS AWESOME LAUNDRY DETERGENT!  It’s homemade…and today she taught me how to make it.

I looked up the recipe and realized that tons of people have already posted it so I don’t know who’s recipe it is originally so I am going to repost it (a few versions combined) here!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
Yields 2 gallons

6  Cups – hot tap water

1/3-1/2  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1/2 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
1/2 Cup Borax
– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is completely melted.
It will look like this!
-Combine melted soap, washing soda and Borax in pot. Stir well until all powder is dissolved.
-Pour 4 cups hot tap water into bucket (at least 2 gallon size).
-Add soap mixture to bucket and stir to combine.
-Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups water (preferably hot) to mixture and stir again.
-Cover and let sit in bucket overnight to thicken and gel.
Finished product (minus the overnight gel process)!
-After letting it sit 24 hours, stir and fill some sort of container with detergent.  My friend likes to use empty gallon milk jugs…which is what I used.
-Shake before each use.
Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled (we added it before it cooled and there was not much scent other than soap).  However, the soap smells really good on its own so only add scent if you really want to.
To use:
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load  (25.6 loads total)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (64 loads total)
*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate…see photo below.
You can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile or Zote bars instead of Fels-Naptha if you wish. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
Cost: Approx. $3.50 per batch. I do not have an itemized list because my friend Joy supplied the …er…supplies.  I will try to update this recipe when I make my own.

I’m gonna try this and then I would like a recipe for home made fabric softener! I’m lovin’ your blog!

I am going to make this this weekend. You. Are. Awesome!

Here is a recipe for fabric softener…I’m not sure about how it works. I’ll admit that I buy mine!

1 part Vinegar
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water
Place a pail large enough to hold double the amount of ingredients in the kitchen sink or bathtub. Mix the baking soda and water in the pail, stir till the powder is dissolved. Then add the vinegar.
Remember that baking soda and vinegar reacts with fizzing, so use a big pail to account for this. Once it’s stopped fizzing, pour into clean bottles, cap, then use 1/4 cup per rinse cycle.
Updated Info: The baking soda won’t be completely dissolved, just shake the bottle to mix the batch up before adding to the rinse cycle.

In fact, here’s the site for the fabric softener I use… http://methodlaundry.com/

I just don’t like using vinegar because the smell irritates me…reminds me of Easter egg dye and the only time of year I like that smell is Easter!

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