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I can’t even begin to quantify how much money I’ve saved over the years by making our own laundry detergent!
With our big family and with using cloth diapers with my babies, I’ve saved thousands, yes I said thousands of dollars using our homemade laundry soap. This recipe costs me less than $4 for 10 gallons of soap!
I’ve used this detergent with top loaders and front loaders. I’ve used this detergent with city sewer and septic without any problem. After talking to the gentlemen who clean our septic, they said they would recommend this detergent’s ingredients because it’s more pure than the detergents on the shelf and will break down better.
It’s a simple recipe that only takes a few minutes to make. You’ll need:
- 1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap (about $1)
- 1 cup Washing soda (NOT baking soda)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- Stainless steel pot
- Old wooden spoon that will be used for this purpose only
- 2-5 gallon buckets
Step 1: Grate the bar of laundry soap using a grater or food processor. I prefer to use a stainless steel grater.
Step 2: Bring the soap savings and 1/2 the pot filled with water to a boil, careful to not boil over. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and cook until soap shavings are melted, about 20 minutes. I like to keep the exhaust fan on during this process.
Step 3: Pour the liquid soap into the first 5 gallon bucket, then add the borax and wash soda. Careful not to inhale the borax or wash soda.
Step 4: Fill the rest of 5 gallon bucket with hot water and stir. Let sit overnight.
Step 5: Solution will be goopy after sitting overnight. Pour 1/2 of the solution in the second 5 gallon bucket so that both buckets are 1/2 full. Now fill both buckets with hot water and stir, using a wire whip is helpful.
Step 6: I use 1/3 cup per load, 1/2 cup if super dirty. Cover and enjoy!