Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
February 25, 2013 in Homemade Cleaning Products
It’s laundry day! Although, you may not like washing your clothes, at least you don’t have to use a washboard and wash basin. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water! Before you run out and buy laundry soap, consider making your own homemade laundry detergent recipe at yesteryear’s prices.
Simple Solutions for a Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
You may think it’s difficult to do, but it’s actually a simple process that only requires 3 ingredients. Do you ever read the ingredients in store-bought laundry cleaners? Are they really even necessary? I mean, some of them you can’t even pronounce. The primary ingredients you’ll be using are easy to find and very inexpensive.
Also, this liquid solution cleans your clothes just as well as any name-brand detergent. Best of all, it costs significantly less than even the cheapest ones you’ll find at the store. To begin making your homemade laundry detergent recipe you’ll need:
- 1/3 Bar of Soap (Fels-Naptha®, Ivory®, Dreft®, or Another Soap)
- 1/2 Cup Borax™
- 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
- Scented Oil (optional)
Now that you have all of your ingredients, it’s time to recruit the kids. Why not let them enjoy the process too? This easy homemade laundry detergent recipe is so simple and affordable.
The Steps to Soapy Laundry Detergent Success!
Take the 1/3 bar of soap and grate it. You want the soap to be grated into small shreds, not powder.
Over low heat, dissolve your soap shreds in a pot filled with 4 cups of water. Make sure the shreds are completely dissolved before step three.
Add 1/2 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of washing soda. Stir over low heat until everything dissolves and the mixture thickens. This only takes a few minutes.
Finally, pour the mixture into 3 quarts (12 cups) of water and mix well. After a few minutes, it becomes gel-like. If you have leftover laundry detergent containers, pour the cooled detergent in them.
Sweet & Scintillating Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
If you’d like to add something special to your detergent, use a few spoonfuls of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus. Experiment with it to make your product your own.