Friday, February 23, 2007

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I only spend $10-12 for the supplies to last for a years worth of detergent. I have a 5 gallon bucket and I make a large batch every 3 months usually.




Here is the recipe:
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha soap
  • 1 1/2 cups Borax
  • 1 1/2 cups Washing soda
  • 5 gallon bucket

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 12 cups water and heat on medium until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the 5 gallon bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.You use ½ cup per each load and 1 cup for very large loads.

Optional: If you want your soap to have some sort of scent you can scent this with ½ to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.

After 24 hours it will be very gelled, but I use a whisk and mixing spoon and stir it several times while it sets and it has stays at a nice consistency.

* The detergent does not bubble in the wash but it is cleaning!

* If yours did not gel correctly after 24 hours then use more soap next time....like 1/2 bar, but you can still use it if it isn't very gelled anyway.

* When it sets you may get a "egg drop soup" effect.....just mix/stir with a whisk, mixer or blender.

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have a homemade laundry stain remover recipe? I have been looking for one and can't seem to find one.Laundry and cleaning products ad so much to our grocery bill.I am tring to cut costs with the high price of gas.Thanks and God Bless.

Christian Homekeeper said...

I don't, sorry! I normally just use a shout stick that has the scrub brush at the end and it gets out everything usually for us!

Bev

Anonymous said...

I have been reading about homeade laundry detergents and everything I have read says that most people are using original dawn as a stain remover.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment anonymous!

Bev

Anonymous said...

I was curious if you can use this in a front load washer? And also I have heard that washing soda causes fading faster. Would baking soda work as well as washing soda?

Christian Homekeeper said...

I have heard of others using it in a front load washer, so I would assume you can. It is like regular detergent, but without bubbles.

I've actually never heard that washing soda causes fading faster, so I couldn't say that is the case for sure or not. Also, baking soda has different chemical properties from what I understand. The chemical name for washing soda is sodium carbonate, and baking soda is sodium BIcarbonate. I wouldn't know how it would turn out if you use baking soda.

Bev

Anonymous said...

I just made your soap! I am so excited to see how it turns out and to prove to the naysayers (mom and my boyfriend)!
How much do you use in the wash? I figured it was easier to ask than to keep playing with it since we have to use coin laundry.
God Bless,
Heather

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Heather and so glad you like it! :)

I use 1 cup for most loads because I do large loads.

Bev

chantal said...

I was going to ask how much to use too but see the answer.

For stains I know it's not homemade but it works great and is cheap. I put some laundry detergent and some Sun powder (like Oxy but less $) make a paste and scrub into fabric, let sit a day or so and wash. I have 3 kids and it works great!!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the tip Chantal! :)

Bev

Anonymous said...

If this helps...

For front loaders, cut the amount of Washing Soda in half and replace with more Borax. For example, in the recipe above you would use 3/4 cup of washing soda and 2 1/4 cups of borax. Washing Soda is caustic and can be rough on clothes in a front loader. You replace with Borax as Borax is a natural anti-redepositing agent which you need more of in a front loader as there is less water being used, but not less grime.

As for a homemade stain remover, using bar soap will work on most stains. Wet stain, wet bar soap, rub soap on stain, work in with tooth brush as necessary and wash.

Hope this helps. God Bless!

Heidi

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you Heidi! :)

Bev

Savannah, Blake Or Noah said...

Hello,
My Mom and I just made your recipie with a slight variation and we really like it! I have linked your recipie to my blog in a post about homemade laundry soap (Savannahcats blog). Savannah

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you Savannah for your comment! So glad that you both like the detergent! :)

Bev

Mrs.Garcia said...

Is there anyway you can post this recipe as Powder Form.
Thank you and God Bless.
Mrs.Garcia

Christian Homekeeper said...

I actually don't have a recipe for the powder form, and just use the liquid, so I couldn't post it on here. Although, you can find them online, there are many different variations, sorry I couldn't be of more help!

Bev

eringene said...

Bev, I made the soap just like your recipe. For my family of 9 it has lasted over a month. I had to play around with the amount to use per load and for really dirty loads (kids love mud) I put in a little more Arm & Hammer. I've also used the Borax for all sorts of cleaning. It cleans better than the stuff I was buying. I do use a very strong smelling fabric softener so things come out smelling good - there was NO smell at all and my family didn't think things were clean. I'll be making a new batch soon (might try making fabric softener in a bucket too). Just wanted to thank you for your really good ideas and "testify" that this stuff does work.
Thanks.
(I couldn't find any of the ingredients at local stores so I ordered them online at www.soapsgonebuy.com - the shipping cost more then I liked but still saving money in the long run vs Store bought stuff. Anybody get their's somewhere else?)

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks so much for your comment Eringene! I do know about that website but our local WinCo sells all the ingredients, so luckily I haven't had to search to find them.

Wow 9! I'd say you do go through quite a lot of loads of laundry. You can always add some essential scented oil to the bucket for a scent but like you I just use the scented fabric softener. Also sometimes for really dirty loads; i.e. cleaning rags; I throw in some washing soda and it gives it a boost. ~Bev

soap101 said...

A great way to save on dryer sheets is to buy some essential oil and put a few drops on a towel or rag (I have a specific one dedicated to this) and then throw it in the dryer with your clothes as they are drying. Smells great, nothing to throw away, and costs less than having to buy fabric sheets every week or two.

Christian Homekeeper said...

That's a great idea, thanks! :) ~Bev

Anonymous said...

If my soap is real thick does that mean I did not use enough water?

Christian Homekeeper said...

It should be thick after setting for 24 hours, that is when I whisk and mix it to make it creamy and smooth. Hope that helps! :) ~Bev

Anonymous said...

Hi Crystal,
In the beginning of the instructions, it says what you need and to "grate the soap and put it in a saucepan. How much of the soap do I grate?
Thanks,
Stephanie

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hi Stephanie, you use what the ingredients call for - 1 bar, so shred the whole bar. ~Bev

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