Saturday, March 9, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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.

The Recipe
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.

Soap dissolved:

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! 



Courtney said...

Love this! And I LOVE that you put it in that beautiful jar. I'm pretty sure the pretty jar sold me on trying this myself. Hopefully I can find one for such a great deal!

Life in the Heights! said...

What a great idea!!! I miss you and hope to see you very soon!!!!

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

My daughter has made this and she loves it. The best thing is how you decided to dispense it! So cute!

Heather - New House New HOme said...

Love the barn bed frame - think I'll have to "borrow" this idea.



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