{Recipe} Laundry Detergent

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to make our laundry detergent!  I’ve been wanting to do it for so long, but where to find the time?  I found a fantastic recipe at The Family Homestead.  And, the wonderful Crystal has broken it down for us and found that this recipe only costs $ .71 for two gallons of detergent!  Her recipe is simple and easy to make and didn’t take me long at all to throw together.2516169_orig

1.  Shred 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap into a pot of 6 cups of water.3565909_orig

2.  Cook on the stove until the soap is melted.
3.  Stir in 1/2 cup of borax.
4.  Stir in 1/2 cup of washing soda. 4060444_orig

5.  Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket where your soap will be stored.
6.  Add the soap to the water and mix.399284_orig

7.  Add one gallon of water plus six cups of water to the soap mixture.9713360_orig

8.  Allow the soap to settle for 24 hours before using.  This will give it time to gel a bit.  And, as Crystal tells us, the detergent should be the texture of egg drop soup.  And don’t be concerned if the soap does not create a lot of suds in your machine.  It’s the ingredients that clean the clothes so nicely!

Use 1/2 cup of detergent per load.  Happy Washing!!!


10 thoughts on “{Recipe} Laundry Detergent

  1. LOVE how easy this recipe is! Thinking of you tonight as I make it again! Thank you so much for sharing this with me…It has saved me money and I’m now throwing away less plastic..

  2. I have a small apartment sized washer. You say to use half a cup per load, I’m assuming that’s for a full size washer with a full load. What would you suggest for my small washer? Quarter cup?

    • Starting with 1/4 cup is probably a good idea for a smaller washer. It’s not a sudsy detergent, so you don’t have to worry that it will produce too many suds. I had a repair man tell us once that people tend to put too much soap in their washers. He ran an empty load without detergent to show us all the soap still left in the washer. It produced a ton of suds without him putting in any detergent! All this to say that you might want to play around with the levels to see how they work for you. Starting out with less is probably best. 🙂

  3. At this stage try putting it in the blender and blended for a min or so. It will become thick like cream and u can put it in a jar and use only one tablespoon per load

    • You absolutely can, Yyvone! This detergent has a very pleasant, albeit very faint scent. But you can add 10 or so drops of essential oils to it. Lavender is my favorite! 🙂

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