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Laundry Detergent {DIY}

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.

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 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!

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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.

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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.

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Keep stirring until all of the soap is dissolved.

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Once all of the soap is dissolved, turn off the heat.

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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.

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Well, hello pretty kitty. The windowsill above the kitchen sink is her favorite spot to hang out!

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Then you’ll add in your soapy water and stir well.

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 That’s it! Put the lid on the bucket and let it sit overnight.

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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.

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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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  • Alyssa - How has the laundry soap held up? Do you still use it?ReplyCancel

    • JRutledge - It works great! I realized that it does get ‘gloppy’, like the consistency of Jell-o, after being stored in the glass jars for a while. I just shake the jar a little before I use the detergent. Our clothes are just as clean as when I use regular store-bought detergent.ReplyCancel

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