Recently we were getting low on laundry detergent. I had heard of people making their own detergent and thought I should give it a whirl!
I would like to credit Crystal at The Family Homestead where I found the recipe and instructions.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
You will need 3 basic ingredients; a soap of some sort, washing soda and borax.
The Soap: The most typical type of soap to use is Fels Naptha. It is an old-fashioned type of soap usually found in the laundry aisle. Another option is Zote.
Washing Soda: This is not to be confused with baking soda. They are not the same thing. It is a white powder. Its purpose is to help remove dirt and orders. The brand to look for is Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
Borax: Borax is a naturally occurring mineral: Sodium Borate. It is a white powder. It’s purpose is as a laundry whitener and deodorizer. It comes in a 76 oz. box. You should be able to locate this in the laundry detergent aisle.
Now that you have assembled all the needed ingredients here is the recipe:
Homemade Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.
We made a trip to Kroger and picked up the ingredients.
I prepped the ingredients by grating the soap and measuring out the Borax & washing soda. I wanted to be ready to move quickly as I didn't want to mess anything up.
To start you mix the soap in with 4 cups of hot water and let the soap dissolve into the water.
Then add your Borax & washing soda:
Stir until dissolved:
Pour into the bucket, add 4 cups of hot water and stir.
Then add 1 gallon + 6 cups of water and stir some more.
Let it sit for 1 day.
It should turn into a water/gel type mixture.
I got an Exeter dispenser jar from Kirklands for $14.99 to hold it, so it would look pretty.
A great deal considering it's $69 at Pottery Barn!
The most exciting thing about this post is that since I have so much ingredients I want to share!
That's right. My very first giveaway. . . long overdue!
Follow the instructions in the box to win the ingredients to make your own laundry detergent!
Contest ends March 16th and the winner will be announced & notified by March 19th.
The winner will get the grated Fels Naptha Soap, Borax & Washing Soda all measured out and ready to make their own detergent! This a great chance to try it out, even if you weren't too sure about doing something like this!