Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Random Post: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I was incredibly curious and excited to see how this homemade liquid laundry detergent would turn out. The estimated cost is about $10.00 for 608 loads, depending on soap used, 1 box of Borax, and 1 box of washing soda. The savings is incredible!

Here is the recipe:
  • 1 bar grated soap (any kind you prefer). I used Fels Naptha for this batch, but you can also use Zote or Dove.
  • 1 cup Borax (found in the laundry detergent isle)
  • 1 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the laundry detergent isle)
  • 3 gallons of water

Supplies needed:
  • A BIG pot that holds 3-4 gallons
  • A grater
  • A funnel
  • A long handled spoon (or something long to mix with)
  • 3 empty one gallon containers

Grate bar of soap.

We have a grater with a container in the bottom to catch the shreds. There are still some that escape so I put a paper towel in a dry side of the sink. For any shreds that end up on the paper towel, just dump them in the pot. It makes for a really easy clean up.
Or you can grate the soap right into the pot you will be making the laundry detergent.

Turn the stove on medium-high. Add a gallon of water to grated soap in pot. Stir occasionally. Cook until soap dissolves.

Add the Borax and washing soda. Bring to a boil. The mixtures will turn a semisolid when it cools.

Turn off the heat. Add 2 gallons of cold water to the pot. Mix well.

Pour 1 gallon of detergent into each container. A funnel will really help for this. If the pot is too heavy, I used a measuring cup with a pour spout and transferred the detergent mix until the pan was easy enough to pour.

Now you have 3 gallons of homemade laundry detergent. I use ½ cup per load.

I get an estimated 608 loads per one box of Borax and washing Soda (about 12 batches of soap that make 3 gallons each = 36 loads per gallon = 72 loads per recipe using 1/2 cup of made detergent per load. So that's 608 loads for about 10 bucks!

My thinking was since I was making liquid detergent, instead of using gallon containers I found this 2.5 gallon container with a handle and pour spout at Walmart. This detergent ends up being really thick so, genius me, the spout tends to get clogged very easily and end up shaking the container and cleaning the spout every time I want to do a load of laundry. A bit more time consuming then I want to deal with. So I may end up switching over to some sturdy gallon containers and labeling them.

If you have a he (high efficiency) front loader or top loading washer, this detergent works just fine in it!    

If you find the detergent is still too thick, use a ½ bar of soap (instead of a whole bar) on the next batch.

As with all cleaning products, please keep out of reach of children, especially when using recycled containers.

Happy laundry!

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