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REASEARCH!!! It took me days to figure out the recipe of the laundry detergent that will score big at my house or I think will work great. There are so many variations in recipes. I first started out with figuring out how each ingredient worked.

Here is my list of ingredients and how they work:

    • Bar Soap (I used Fels Naptha it is made by The Dial Corp) – Cleaning agent and stain remover.
    • Washing Soda (aka sodium carbonate )- Highly alkalinic powder. It helps by acting like a solvent to remove a range of stains and unlike bleach, washing soda doesn’t stain or degrade clothing.
    • Borax (aka Sodium borate) – Natural cleaning booster. It helps to soften hard water to leave your clothes cleaner and brighter. It is also a disinfectant.
    • Glycerin – According to the SEVAS Bioinformatics Institute, glycerin is a good solvent for organic and inorganic solids. This means that glycerin can improve the laundry soaps ability to dissolve various soils, clean without leaving residue, and prevent the separation or deterioration of various ingredients. It also can act as an emollient (softener) and texture enhancer in a laundry soap.

After my quest on the internet. I found what I think will be a perfect match of ingredients. I pasted the original formula in my post, but I will make side notes to my modifications.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe (liquid):

Step 1: Grate one bar of unscented white bath soap with a fine cheese grater. Scented soaps will add perfume to your detergent, possibly causing a difference in your intended scent, while colored soaps will tint your detergent. (Did they say GRATE a bar of soap? Seriously, I thought this was suppose to be simple! I made my first modification, I cut the bar of soap into small squares and then put it in my food processor. VIOLA!!!)

Step 2: Heat 2 1/2 gallons of water over high heat. Add the grated soap in batches, about a handful at a time, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the soap is melted and thoroughly mixed with the water. (Second modification, you totally would need a cauldron for this method, I simply do not own a pot big enough. I heated 1 ½ gallons of water, see below for the addition of the remaining 1 gallon).

Step 3: Pour the soap and water mixture into a large bucket. Add ¾ cup of washing soda, ¾ cup of borax and 2 tbsp. of glycerin. Stir the ingredients with the wooden spoon until they are mixed well. Allow the soap to begin cooling. (When I dumped my large pot of soap water into a bigger bucket, I added the rest of the water then borax, glycerin and washing soda).  Please excuse my clean, but very old and yucky looking bucket.

Step 4: Add 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil to the soap and mix it again. Although you can combine oils to create your own scents, lavender, lemon, tea tree and clove oil all make nice smelling detergents. (I didn’t add any scents, maybe next time I will play around with some essential oils).

Step 5: Use ½ cup of laundry detergent for each normal load of clothes. Any globs of detergent will dissolve in the washing machine.

Here are some EXTRAS to point out:

      • Be careful when playing around with the borax and washing soda, even though it states “non-toxic” it is still a powder and I can’t even imagine breathing this stuff in. 
      • Once the detergent is completely cooled your detergent will look like goop not at all consistent (like store bought) and this is suppose to be normal.
    • It will slime up in your bucket leaving a residue, again normal.

      *I found a great website with an awesome FAQ section if you are running into any issues.  Click Here for FAQs.

Stay Tuned for next week.  MY RESULTS!!!!


Making my own Laundry Detergent, Part 2 — 6 Comments

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    • HI Linda, Michaels craft store carries it for roughly $2.30 something for 2 oz. (In the CAKE supply section) . Don’t forget your 40% off coupon. I thought of ordering off the internet, but it is actually cheaper buying the smaller bottle with your coupon. Thanks for the question : )

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