Monthly Archives: January 2013

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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My family and I are working on being more efficient in many regards. I have started making things myself that I would normally purchase at 10 times the cost. Most recently I have made my own liquid laundry detergent that I absolutely love! It only takes about 15 minutes to make and a batch will last from 2-4 months. The cost savings alone is worth the effort, but this recipe is much easier on your fabrics as well. Having tried various recipes and combinations of ingredients, I have found the following a perfect mixture:

HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

1 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, grated
6 cups warm water
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1 capful of Downy UNstopables Scent Booster (if desired)
2 empty 1-gallon containers (I use empty drinking water containers)

In a large pot, heat 6 cups water until boiling. Add the Fels Naptha soap and stir until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Borax and heat until dissolved. Boil 15 minutes. Remove from heat and if you will be adding the Downy UNstopables, toss it in now and stir until mostly dissolved. Your detergent should be slightly thickened at this point but don’t worry if it’s not, it will still work fine! In each of your 1-gallon containers, add half of the soap mixture and 1 cup of hot tap water. Mix/shake thoroughly. Next, add enough cold water to fill almost to the top of the container. Put on the cap and shake until well blended. Let sit 24 hours. The soap should gel, but mine doesn’t always. Use 1/2 cup for each load.

This will cost you approximately $ .40 per gallon and you will love how clean your laundry is. If you try it, let me know what you think!