Interested? Here's how I do it:
Your initial investment will be around $12.00 and will make a LOT of detergent. This recipe will yield 2.5 gallons of liquid detergent.
Fels Naptha Bar Soap $1.75 makes 3.5 recipes .19 per gallon
Washing Soda $4.95 makes 27.5 recipes .07 per gallon
Borax $4.99 makes 76 recipes .03 per gallon
Save up some old laundry detergent or screw top milk bottles.
Use a box grater to grate 1.5 ounces of bar soap (not bath soap). Put a cup of water in a very large stainless steel pot and add the grated soap. Stir with a non-wooden spoon until the soap melts.
Add 10 cups hot tap water, stir.
Add 10 additional cups of hot tap water and cook until it is all quite hot. Cover, turn off the flame and leave undisturbed overnight.
Look at your old laundry detergent bottles; how many ounces does the label say is inside? You will fill your container with HALF that amount of water and the rest with the laundry detergent. For best results, place the bottle in the sink and measure in the water and detergent with a measuring cup and funnel. Adding the water first helps prevent foaming. You want to be pretty accurate - too much water can affect how well the detergent works.
Testimonial: I have been using this detergent for over a year now. It's low sudsing and hasn't caused any problem with my front loading HE washer. My whites get white and my pastels aren't muddy and my darks don't fade. My clothes look great; they don't smell like anything but cloth. My husband doesn't smell like flowers and I don't smell like a pine forest. If you want scented detergent, you can add essential oil to the mixture.
I don't use fabric softener, but you can fill your softener dispenser with white vinegar if your clothes are a little scratchy.
|One recipe cost less than .72 and filled all these (the milk bottle is 1/3 full).|
Liquid Laundry Detergent
makes 2.5 gallons, 160 (1/4 cup) loads
1 cup hot tap water
1.5 ounces grated soap (Fel Naptha, Zote or homemade)
2 ounces washing soda
1 ounce borax
10 - 15 drops essential oil (optional, I don't use it)
- Put the hot water in a very large stainless steel pot. Add the grated soap. Stir continually over a medium-low flame until soap melts.
- Add 10 cups hot tap water. Stir.
- Add washing soda and borax. Cook and stir until the powders dissolve.
- If desired, add essential oil to scent the detergent.
- Add 10 cups additional hot water.
- Stir, cover and leave overnight to thicken.
- Whisk very well.
- Fill clean containers HALF full of water (measure it!); then fill with detergent (measure it).
- Shake container before each use, as it will gel.
Remember, this is a low-suds detergent. You will probably not see any suds.