Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergents

Lets face it, if you have a family, you probably go through a lot of laundry detergent.  Just like everything else in this economy, laundry detergent has gone up.  I started seeing where other mommies were out there making their own laundry detergent, so I decided to give it a try.

I started by making my own powdered detergent.  This was extremely easy and didn't take much time or money to do.  However, my batch would last about 2 weeks.  I used an old oatmeal canister to store mine.  Here's the recipe:

**Laundry Detergent**

1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
1 cup borax
1 bar ivory soap or Fels-Naptha soap

Break up the bar of soap with a knife. Finely grate soap in a food processor until it's a powder. Combine washing soda and borax and mix well. Store in air tight container. Use 1 TBSP per load. Use 2 TBSP for extra large or really dirty loads.  (I used the ivory soap in this recipe with no problem.)

My sister in law tried the liquid recipe that was in the Duggar's book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting! and encouraged me to try a batch.  She explained that this would last much longer and the cost was basically the same.  I felt it was worth giving it a try.  After mixing it up, I was very pleased with how easy this was.  There were a few extra steps involved, and waiting over night to use the detergent, but well worth the wait!

I believe this is the Duggar's recipe: (I cannot get to their website at this time)
1 Fels Naptha Bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

Grate the soap into a small saucepan. Cover with hot water. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring continually, until the soap completely dissolves.

Put washing soda and borax in a 5-gallon bucket. Pour in the hot, melted soap mixture. Stir well, until all the powder is dissolved. Fill the bucket to the top with more hot tap water. Stir, cover securely, and let set overnight. The next morning, stir the mixture. (When you remove the lid, it's going to look funny.  The top will have a gel.  Just stir it up real good and all will be well!)  Mix equal amounts of soap concentrate and water in a container. (I use an old one gallon vinegar bottle and a funnel.  I fill this half way then fill the rest the water.) Shake well before using.

Use 1 cup of soap mixture per load.
**Ask Home Depot/Lowes for a paint stirring stick for a 5-gallon bucket. They will give you one for free. That's what I used to stir the detergent.  Again, another good tip from my SIL, Missy!

I made this batch up right after Christmas and I just ran out of my 2 gallon bottle that I mixed up.  There is still PLENTY in my 5 gallon bucket!  This will last awhile.  I say the hardest part about making this is finding the washing soda in my area.  My kind SIL was kind enough to bring me some from the Atlanta area where she was able to find it in her Publix store.  Please let me know where you find the washing soda in your area so we can pass the information along to others that are having a hard time finding it as well.

1 comment:

  1. Washing soda (and Fels Naptha soap) were found at the Lebanon Kroger and the Franklin Kroger.



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