Homemade laundry detergent cleans well, saves money and can easily compete with store-bought brands.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients
Although there are a number of ways to make homemade laundry detergent, the ingredients are usually the same:
Homemade Laundry Detergent: Dry
Dry (powdered) homemade laundry detergent is easy to store, make and use. Feel free to play around with the following recipe to get the most effective mix. Adding extra Borax will help those with hard water. Increasing the amount of bar soap may only deliver a small increase in cleaning ability.
Stir the ingredients or pulse several times in a food processor until well mixed. Store in a sealed container. Use 2 tablespoons per load.
Homemade Laundry Detergent: Liquid
Making liquid homemade laundry detergent can be a bit of a task. You'll need a 5 gallon plastic bucket (available at most home centers) and a large spoon or stirrer. Having several empty laundry detergent bottles on hand makes it easy to store your liquid detergent.
In a large pot, heat 6 cups of water to near boiling. Add the grated soap, stir and continue to heat until soap is melted. Stir in washing soda and Borax until melted. Boil mixture for 15 minutes. In the 5-gallon bucket, add one gallon of hot water. Pour the soap mixture into the 5-gallon bucket. Add 1 gallon of hot water and mix well.
After the liquid detergent has cooled, pour into empty detergent bottles or keep in covered bucket. Liquid detergent may form a loose gel and must be shaken or stirred before each using. Use ½ cup of liquid detergent for each load.
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