Homemade Laundry Detergent

| 2/23/2012 7:40:49 PM

This is a very simple recipe for laundry detergent that you can make yourself, and save a lot of money. It works very well, and is especially good for front load washing machines because it is low sudsing. The ingredients you will need are: 

 Ingredients for homemade laundry detergent 

1 bar of Fels Naptha or castile soap


Washing Soda

Baking Soda

2/1/2015 1:32:29 AM

I've found washing soda to be a little rough on some fabrics; not so the borax. I wonder if one could cut down on it and use more borax and/or baking soda.

11/3/2014 2:23:30 PM

I use pretty much the same ingredients to make a 5 gal bucket of gel laundry soap. It only calls for Washing Soda, not baking soda. 1 bar Zote or Fels Naptha 1 cup borax 1 cup Washing Soda 5 gal bucket with lid Water, lots of water Grate Zote into a heavy stock pot, add 12 cups HOT water. Heat over med-high until dissolved. Stir often to keep soap from clumping. After soap is completely dissolved, add borax and washing soda. Stir well, mixture will become "tight" and heavy - this is normal. Stir until powders are dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into your bucket and slowly add hot soap mixture, stirring vigorously to mix well . Continue adding 40 cups more of hot water as you stir. Let soap cool completely. You can stir as mixture cool, but it's not necessary. As soap cools it will coagulate and become more gel like. If you have a mixture of gel and water, that's OK, just stir before use. Lightly soiled laundry use 1/4 c, heavily soiled laundry use 1/3-1/2 c. I also use vinegar as a softener. I'm on a septic system and they are not really powder friendly. Yvette

1/19/2013 11:12:49 AM

Gerry, I haven't had issue with static using vinegar, but I also hang all my clothes to dry. I don't know if using a clothes dryer would cause static or not. You could do 1 load as a test to see what happens.

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