I found this recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent on Pinterest. I must tell you that I have made about 3 batches of this since August and I have no complaints at all. I truly believe that this recipe works better than anything you will buy in the store. It is very inexpensive, fast and easy to make.
After reading all the comments after the tutorial I went down to Superstore and picked up a box of Borax and a box of Washing Soda….seriously I have never heard of Washing Soda before but yeah it’s there in the laundry aisle.
To make this Homemade Laundry Soap you’ll need the following:
- 1 Bar of Soap (I’ve used Ivory & Sunlight and find they both work great)
- 1 Cup Borax (It’s in the Laundry Aisle)
- 1 cup Washing Soda (It’s in the Laundry Aisle too!)
- 4 Litres Hot water
- 4 Litres Cold Water
- Large Pot
- Wooden Spoon
- Large Bucket with a Lid
1. Put 4 litres of hot water into the large pot on stove, set on high
2. Grate bar of soap and add it to your pot of hot water
3. Once the soap has melted, add 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda and bring to a boil. (This took about 5 minutes or so)
4. After it’s come to a boil, carefully pour it into a bigger container and add 4 litres of cold water and stir.
5. Once this cools it will coagulate!! It gets thick like gelatin. For my first batch I poured the liquid soap into old laundry soap containers. I do not recommend you do this. I suggest you keep your laundry soap in a bucket with a lid.
6. Once the laundry soap thickens I like to take my hand blender and mix it all up. You could then pour it into pourable containers if you’d like. I still prefer to keep it in the bucket with a lid.
When using it in your washing machine you only need 1/2 cup. I have a front load washer…which takes “special” detergent. Apparently because it does not bubble it is safe for front load washing machines. I’ve been using this for over 6 months and haven’t had a problem in my washing machine.
This is going to end up saving us a ton of money. The laundry soap we usually buy is $8.99 for 64 loads.
The Borax cost $5.99 and the Washing Soda was $5.69 and the bar of soap…lets say $1.00. That’s it. I’ll round up the numbers, so $13.00 for I don’t even know how many loads of laundry…over 600 for sure. Wahoo!! I would love to hear your comments on this.
Thanks again to Erin @ Why Not Sew for posting this great tutorial!!
If you’d like to make your own Dishwasher Detergent you can find my tutorial here.
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