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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Several weeks ago a patient came in the office and said she was looking for Super Washing Soda and knowing me figured I would know where to find it. I asked her why and she told me she was going to make her own laundry detergent. I felt a pang of jealousy. Dang! I had been wanting to do that. But I’ve always worried it would not clean as well as my usual detergent. I told her about the recipe I found on The Frugal Girls blog and that I  had been wanting to make it. Well, she made it, and has been using it ever since. Absolutely loves it.

So I finally did it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. This stuff is great. So easy to make. Smells nice and fresh.

I have always been able to get a pretty good deal on laundry soap. This recipe makes 2 gallons and cost less then $1.00. I paid $1.50 for 50 ounces of regular detergent it was on sale and with a coupon. So about $7.50 compared to $1.00. That is a fantastic savings! I was able to find all the products at Meijers. I paid $2.99 for the Super Washing Soda, $2.69 for the Borax and $1.00 for thr Fels- Naptha bar.

You’ll need:

1/2 cup Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1/3 bar Fels-Naptha ( You can use Ivory but use 1 whole bar)

2 gallon bucket

container(s) to store soap

Grate the 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha in large sauce pan.

Add 6 cups of water

Heat over medium high heat until the soap dissolves / melts.

Add Super Washing Soda and Borax.

Stir and heat until dissolved.

Remove soap mixture from heat.

In your bucket add 4 cups hot water and soap mixture.

Mix, then add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of additional water to bucket. Stir.

You can transfer it into your containers now. Use a large bucket with a lid or empty laundry bottles. I even used a mason jar. Let it sit for 24 hours before using. It will be a watery gel consistency. It may separate so shake before each use. I have been using this for now and haven’t had any problems.  (Update: 1 1/2 years later … still working great!)

Looking for other homemade products? 

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