May 11, 2011

homemade laundry detergent

*4 cups hot tap water
*1 fels-naptha soap bar
*1/2 cup borax
*1 cup washing soda
(all items can be purchased in the laundry aisle of Kroger)

*grate the fels-naptha bar...

(Looks like grated cheese)

*add grated soap to hot tap water
*simmer and stir on med-low
until all of the soap bar is dissolved
(Now, I'm thinking beer-cheese soup.)

*fill 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap water
*pour melted soap, borax, and washing soda into bucket
*stir until all is dissolved

*fill bucket with hot tap water and stir some more
*cover and let sit overnight to thicken

*the next day stir again
(it has a jello-like texture - so keep stirring)
*fill a clean, empty container
(laundry detergent bottle, milk jug, etc.)
half full of laundry soap
*fill the rest of the way with water
*optional:  add several drops of your favorite essential oil
*shake it before each use
*1 cup per load

I'll do the math for you -
10 gallons of laundry detergent
160 loads of laundry
less than .06 cents per load!

...and I still have plenty borax and washing soda!
So, grab a bucket and a fels-naptha bar and come on over!

(recipe courtesy of: Brandy Hand)


  1. I've SO been wanting to do this!

  2. I'm thinking maybe we should get together at least once a week and make stuff!

  3. I was wondering about cooking the soap? Does it still help if it has been cooked? Also, to make it more concentrated, could I cut back on the water?
    I have used vinegar for about five years now and people are amazed that my clothes dont smell like it.

  4. Hey! As far as I know, cooking it shouldn't affect the soap. And, yes, you absolutely could add less water to make it more concentrated. I was following the recipe I was given, and wanted to see how it worked as the recipe states to see how much money I could save.


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