Friday, March 2, 2012

Home made Laundry Detergent!

I've been seeing all these recipes for home made products and have been wanting to give a few a try. I figured for a few dollars if it didn't work out great it's no biggie. A few girls I talk to have been trying out this recipe with success so I figured I would give it a try.  I spent about $10 on all the supplies and it makes a LOT of batches. It's really easy and SUPER cheap, less than $1 for 2 gallons, so why not! Each load uses about 1/2 cup of detergent, which should equal about 64 loads of laundry. 

1/3 bar Ivory Soap 
1/2 cup Washing Soda  (if you get Arm and Hammer make sure it's washing soda and NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup Borax
1 utitlity bucket for mixing and cooling

2 gallons of water

First using a box cheese grater grate 1/3 of one bar of soap and set aside

In a large pot mix together 6 cups of water and gated soap. Heat on medium mixing until the soap is melted. 
Once the soap is melted add the Borax and Washing soda. Continue to heat and mix until they are dissolved.  

Pour soap mixture in to your utility bucket. Be CAREFUL the mixture will be HOT! 
Add an additional 4 cups of hot water to the bucket and mix together.  
Add another gallon and 6 cups (of 22 cups total) of room temperature water to the bucket and mix thoroughly.

All that's left to do is let the detergent sit over night.  As it sits it will start to turn in to a runny gel form. Use a funnel to pour it in to whatever container you would like to use to store it. I am reusing an existing laundry detergent bottle. Use about 1/2 cup per load of laundry! Enjoy! 

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