Wednesday, July 22, 2009

All Natural Cleaning- laundry detergent

I made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent in March.
I just ran out the other day. I got the recipe from the Duggar's Family website.
Everything is phosphate free except maybe the Fels-Naptha soap.
It does not say on the wrapper or online.
I purchased all of these ingredients for under $10.
The washing soda and Borax will probably last me the rest of the year.
The bar of soap was under $2.
I would say that having laundry soap that costs less than $10,
works really well and
lasts over 4 months is pretty cool!

First I grated the bar of soap with my awesome salad shooter!
Then I boiled it in 4 cups water.
Stir often

I then added the soap mixture to a 5 gallon bucket that was
filled half full of hot water.
I also added
a cup of washing soda and
1/2 cup of borax
You can add essential oils if you would like.
I tried it and you cannot smell it on your cloths at all so
I kind of felt like it was a waste.
Stir
Then fill the bucket to the top with hot water.
Stir some more.

Let it sit overnight.
It looks like egg drop soup.
I use old laundry detergent bottles.
You fill those bottles half full of water and
the rest of the way with the detergent.
Do you see how it lasts so long!
10 gallons of detergent!

3 comments:

Raisingarrows said...

I used to do this all the time (got my recipe from The Family Homestead, but it looks the same). I need to go back to doing that...can't remember why I quit???

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by the blog!
~Amy...who probably should not have had that last Dr. Pepper ;)

Lynnette Kraft said...

How do you get it from the bucket to the bottles? I'd love to try that!

Amelia said...

So like a year later, I'm commenting on this post just to tell you that I have sent this link to several friends and family members who have wanted to try making their own detergent b/c of how much I like mine. Thanks for the inspiration...last year! I AM JUST NOW ABOUT TO MAKE MY SECOND BATCH! It has lasted me 9 months or so!!!