How to Make Laundry Detergent

21 Aug

I know this post doesn’t have anything to do with places to see and do with kids in Virginia; however, it was something Lil G and I did together and thought I would share.  Making your own laundry detergent is easy, a great way to save money and also a fun project to do with kids.

Here is what you will need:

Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

20 Mule Team Borax

1 Bar Soap (any type – make sure it’s a scent you like though because your clothes will smell like the soap).  We used a “soap” scented Dial that was 3 bars for $1 at the grocery store.

1 Five Gallon Bucket with Lid.  (We got one from Home Depot).

1 Smaller Container with Lid.  (This gave me a great excuse to finish the contents of this container!)

First step is to heat 4 cups of water to boiling in a medium pot.  While the water is heating up, cut up the bar of soap.  We used a cheese grater and this is what the soap looked like when we were done:

Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to a low boil or simmer and start adding the soap a little at a time.  Stir constantly to melt the soap.  Congratualtions!  You have now made Soap Soup.

After all of the soap has been dissolved, pour 4 gallons of hot/warm water into your bucket.  Add 1 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of Borax.  If you have a lot of REALLY dirty laundry, you may want to add a little more Borax.  Next, pour in your Soap Soup and stir it all together until dissolved.

Next step is to cover your bucket and put it aside for 24 hours.  Depending on the soap you used and the type of water you have, your detergent might be runny or thick and/or might have some clumps in it.  Stir it up again and pour some into your smaller container which is more manageable for doing laundry.  Use one cup of your homemade detergent for each large load of laundry.

Depending on your water type and how dirty your clothes get, you may need to adjust this recipe to work better for your needs.

You can find Borax and Washing Soda in the laundry stain remover section of your grocery/drug store.  The Food Lion near me had the Borax but not Washing Soda.  I went to Kroger and found both items.  Borax is about $4/box and Washing Soda abut $2.50.


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