Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Awhile back I posted THIS post. And finally a few weeks ago I made my homemade laundry detergent! I've been using it for almost 2 weeks and I must say it's working WONDERFUL! I can't tell the difference between using homemade and store bought. Besides the savings left in my pocket! Actually I think it might even get the clothes cleaner. My kids get their clothes SUPER dirty. We live in the country and the kids are CONSTANTLY getting muddy or dirty from playing outside. I don't know if it's my imagination but I honestly think that my kids clothes are coming out cleaner than before. I don't notice any stains left on their clothes. Usually the dirt or in Gracie's case--baby food leave stains on their clothes. They seem to come out REALLY clean now! So I have to say I'm 100% happy with making it homemade! Here is the recipe I used:

* 4 cups of water.
* 1/3 bar of cheap soap, grated.
* 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda).
* 1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team).
* 5-gallon bucket for mixing.
* 3 gallons of water.

First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.


denise said...

Ok, when all my Purex is gone, I will have to try this. Two questions. Where did you get the Borax and Washing Soda? and How much do you use at a time in the wash??

Shawna said...

I got the borax and washing soda at kroger. I used irish spring soap but I think most use fels patha (i think i spelled that wrong..its in the duggars detergent recipe) or a soap like ivory. I use one cup of detergent for a large load and 1 1/2 cup for an extra large load or extra soiled load. it's SO worth it to make it in my opinion. I've always hated spending the $$ on laundry soap and we go thru SO much. The borax was like $3 and the washing soda was $3...basically the cost of buying the supplies (5 gal bucket and all) cost a little over ONE large thing of say Tide..but those supplies will make TONS of batches and there are TONS of loads per batch (I lost count of mine..i was going to count each load but lost count). I'm not even close to making batch #2 and I've been using it for 2 weeks now and I do about 2-3 loads of laundry a day.

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Shawna said...

Thanks for the comment and thanks for following me!