Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY: Homemade Laundry Soap

There is something better than spending money on Tide? Yes! Making your own laundry detergent! Never thought I'd say that. Tide cleaning power is pretty excellent. Who wants to keep paying out of pocket for it at this moment? Not me.  I certainly do not want to go to the laundromat either.

So here are some ways to DIY:

Liquid Detergent
Recipe 1
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (not washing soda)
  • Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
  • In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
  • Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.
Powdered Detergent
Recipe 2
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
  • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

*Washing soda can be found at most grocery stores, Wal-Mart, etc. It’s in the powdered laundry detergent area. A common name brand is Arm and Hammer. It will say washing soda.
My kid has really bad eczema so I doubt that I'll be using Ivory soap or any of those other heavily scented brands. Dove bar soap has a great unscented bar, which is pediatrician approved.

Liquid Detergent
Recipe 3
Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar
  • Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
  • Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

I'm sure you could take all the hard work out and find plenty of shops that sell laundry kits on Etsy, but then you wouldn't have your own experience of making detergent!

Etsy shop wyldcat
Local St. Louis, MO Etsy shop aBreathofFrenchair

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