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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been asked for my recipe for homemade soap several times ... So, here it is:
First all I like my clothes to "smell" nice so I have recently added some smell good laundry stuff.  Previously, I would add essential oils and yet it still didn't smell as good as I would like. All supplies can be purchased at good ole' Walmart.
So here we go:

Total time to make: Less than 20 minutes - The longest part is grating or peeling the soap.
(If you have a loving husband...hehehe get him to do this part for you)

1 bar of soap - I use Fels-Naptha
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) Washing Soda - $3.24
3/4 cup of Baking Soda - $2.12
1/4 cup smell good like Purex Crystal - $4.76

* Grate bar of soap - Freeze it for 30 minutes or so and it will make it easy to grate.
I actually use a vegetable peeler because I find it a little easier.

 Then I put the grated soap & the rest of the ingredients in my food processor or a blender.

VOILA awesome homemade laundry detergent for about .08 cents a load. 

This makes about 3 cups of detergent and I always double the recipe. This will make a lot of laundry soap for about what it would cost for one large box of Gain.

BTW, you only need about 3 tablespoons of this - The stuff is seriously awesome.

If you have dirty little creatures running about you may want to use 4 tablespoons. :)

1 comment:

  1. UPDATE: Thank you Lord for a food processor. NOW I can grate 2 bars of soap in about 20 seconds. YES!! Totally the way to go :D