Friday, September 12, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap

Simplest Laundry Powder
1 part borax
1 part washing soda
Mix together and use about 1 Tbs per medium load of wash

Powder with Soap
1/2 to 3/4 of a bar of Fels Naptha soap, grated fine (Ivory works well too)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
Use 1 -2 Tbs for medium load

Liquid Laundry Soap
This is more work but some folks are used to liquids. You'll also need a 2 gallon or so bucket or other container to hold the liquid soap. I just used an old plastic bucket from the last bucket of cheap powdered detergent I bought.
1/2 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
hot water
Put the grated soap in a saucepan and add 6 cups water. (Put your kettle on to heat up another 6 cups of water.) Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until the soap flakes melt. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Pour this in the bucket and add another 6 cups hot water. Now add another gallon of warm water, plus 6 more cups or so and stir. Let it sit for 24 hours and it will gel up a bit. Use about 1/2 cup per load.
Note: You can also add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance but I find we like the smell of it as is.


Unknown said...

Those are great recipes. My Aunt has made her own detergent for years, and adds a little almond extract in the liquid for smell, and baby powder in the dry detergent. Thanks for the great tips, with how expensive Tide is getting, this is probably the way to go.

- said...

I keep saying I'm going to try this. You've motivated me.

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