So apparently I’m late on the train to making your own laundry detergent.
I realized that several of my friends had already been making their own detergent. And friends, you’ve got to let me in on these simply DIY secrets!
This is a super simple process to making your own detergent and will take all of 20 minutes.
You’ll need three ingredients: Borax, super washing soda, and a bar of laundry soap. All of these items can be found at Wal-Mart for less than $10 total.
You’ll also need a large 5 gallon bucket and something to store your detergent in. I used a case of glass jars.
First, you’ll grate your bar of laundry soap. I went with Fels-Naptha.
And if your soap is yellow, you will have a plate of what looks like cheese!
Anytime I grate cheese, the kiddos walk by and grab a pinch to eat.
So warn your kiddos before they try to eat this.
Or…. don’t. That could be pretty funny.
Then put 4 cups of water in a medium-size sauce pot and heat until nearly boiling.
Add in your grated soap, a little at a time, and stir continually.
Keep stirring until all of the soap is dissolved.
Once all of the soap is dissolved, turn off the heat.
Now you’ll add 3 gallons of warm water to your bucket. (I placed my bucket in the sink.)
And add 1 C of the washing soda + 1/2 C of the Borax and stir to mix.
Well, hello pretty kitty. The windowsill above the kitchen sink is her favorite spot to hang out!
Then you’ll add in your soapy water and stir well.
That’s it! Put the lid on the bucket and let it sit overnight.
The next morning you’ll open your bucket lid and see a gelatinous goop of mess.
It’s OK. Don’t panic and wonder if you did it wrong!
Just take a long spoon and stir it all up, or, you can do like I did and just stick your whole arm in to stir it around. It will feel like Jell-o that hasn’t quite set.
I’m storing mine in glass jars. And for a high efficiency front loading washer like I have, you only need about 2 tablespoons for each load.
This was my first time making detergent. If you have been making your own detergent for awhile and have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
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