Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I thought I would post the recipe for homemade laundry detergent. I have been using it for about a year and love it. And I also love the money its saves!

• 4 cups of water.

• 1/2 bar of cheap soap, grated.I use Fals Neptha..some also use Ivory soap

• 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda).

• 1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team).

• 5-gallon bucket for mixing.

• 3 gallons of water.

First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.

Of course, who'd post a recipe without trying it out first? I made and washed several loads of clothes with the homemade detergent. And I, like many before me who've traveled this road, couldn't tell the difference between store-bought and homemade.

Total cost per load? In the neighborhood of 2 cents. Store-bought detergent, depending on what you buy and where you buy it, can cost about 20 cents per load -- 10 times more.

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