576 Loads Of Laundry For $6 – How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent – Eco Snippets

576 Loads Of Laundry For $6 – How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

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In the spirit of Laura Ingalls, with wash day being Monday, here’s a little recipe for homemade laundry detergent you can use tomorrow.

You will need…

  • 1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
  • a grater
  • a funnel
  • a long spoon
  • 2 empty gallon jugs/containers…

Grate your bar of soap into your pot.

Fill one gallon jug and pour water into pot with grated soap. Cook until the grated soap dissolves.

Add the Borax and washing soda.

Bring to a boil. It will coagulate.

Turn off the heat. Add 1 gallon of cold water. Stir well.

Pour 1 gallon of your detergent into each container.

A funnel helps tremendously.

Now you have 2 gallons of homemade laundry detergent. I use 1/2 cup per load. With the prices of detergent being outrageous, I feel really happy every time I make a batch of this.

This won’t make many, if any, suds. Suds don’t equal clean. It took a while to get that into my head. This detergent cleans wonderfully!

Happy washing!

Source: The post How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent appeared first on the excellent Why Not Sew? website.

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I use this same recipe (except I use fels-naptha soap) but only use 1/4 cup per load .. I make it into a 5 gallon bucket for storing and then use a Folgers coffee container to keep some by my washer, it get’s very thick, I can’t imagination trying to pour it from a milk jug.. it lasted me for months (I even gave some away)… I recently discovered a powder recipe using the same ingredients, that has the softener added that I prefer.. no more making my own softener (although was very cheap) still gets everything clean, easier to store, static free, smells great, smaller container by my washer.. I’ve made 2 batches in the past year cost me around $6.00 .. I was paying that much every month.. huge savings..


    Laundry soap has gotten so hi this is worth the afternoon. I just love it–I put a 1/2 cup with mine so it is easier to measure for any one. I use viniger for my softer–is it really great for getting out any residue .


    I’m so happy with the results.. I will never go back to store bought soap..


this really works very well I made some similar to this


In Africa use Sunlight Soap – green bar.


Please would you publish a NATURAL shampoo reipe.


I tried making homemade laundry soap but with fels bar soap and found out that that soap is kind of greasy and wasn’t good for our septic system. This sounds good and maybe by using a natural soap other than fels bar soap it would save money. TY for the this tip!


    I would have the washer on a separate drain line…. that is the way it is generally done… your local codes may vary but that is grey water that doesn’t need to tax your septic system.. If your washer is on an outside wall I would look into making the change : )


we have been doing this for years now..


My daughter does this n it works great saves her money also


Where do get washing soda


    I think it’s baking soda


    no washing soda is not baking soda


    Mule team borax is washing soda


    Jennifer DiCiano no it is not !!


Don’t work if you have to use cold water to do your laundry


    Yes it does. This detergent doesn’t suds much, and even less in cold water. That’s all


    powders don’t do well in cold water because they don’t dissolve well, but a liquid detergent like this works the same in hot or cold. the water temp. doesn’t have anything to do with how soap works.


Lauren Milanowski next make and take!


    Interesting! Seems too easy?! Never knew there was something called washing soda…


My dad taught me this – and it does work in cold water. And you can use it in dishwashing or dishawashers as well.


is this good for High Efficiency front loading washing machines?

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