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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Laundry Detergent

I usually have more time than money, and laundry detergent is very expensive, so I make my own.  Earlier this year I didn't have the time to make any, so I bought Tide.  It smells great, it's suppose to be the best, it lived up to my expectations...almost.  After a few washes I noticed my clothes and sheets we starting to fade, quickly. So back to making my own chemical free version. 
Here's the recipe:

Ingredients all can be found in the laundry section of most stores:
1/3 Fels Naptha or 1/2 bar Ivory soap
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda-you will not achieve the same results I've tried)
1/2 ounce essential oil (optional, for scent)

You will need an old 6 quart pot, a wooden spoon, cheese grater, a funnel, and three-one gallon containers, such as empty, washed, milk jugs, or a three gallon bucket, etc.

Place 6 cups hot water in pot.  Grate bar soap into water and heat on medium, stirring until dissolved.  Add borax and washing soda.  Remove from heat.  Add 3 cups cool water, stirring mixture until it has started to thicken.  Add water filling the pot to the top.  Continue stirring.  Add 1/2 ounce essential oils.  Once mixture has cooled pour even amounts into your gallon jugs using the funnel.  Fill the jugs almost to the top with warm water.  Shake regularly as it tends to separate.  Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per laundry load.  This homemade laundry soap is low sudsing, and works well in cold water.

Costs not including tax:
3 1/2 pounds Arm & Hammer Washing Soda       $2.77
5 pounds 20 Mule Team Borax                            $2.98
3 pack Ivory Soap                                               $1.49

Total:                                                                   $7.24

You use a fraction of how much is bought.  These products will go a long way!

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