|Posted by Angela Diaz on January 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM|
I've had a lot of requests for this recipe. I haven't purchased laundry detergent in over a year. I was sick and tired of paying over ten bucks for a container of Tide. It wasn't just the cost, it was my sensitive skin and all the chemicals used in most laundry detergents that I was sick of dealing with. So anyways, I found a recipe that makes three gallons of laundry detergent at a time. I spent ten dollars in ingredients over a year ago, and still have enough of the ingredients left to make at least another four 3-gallon batches. So here it is:
1 bar of Ivory soap (grated into shavings)
1 cup of Borax (found in most stores in laundry detergent aisles)
1 cup of Arm and Hammer All Natural Super Washing Soda
3 gallons of water
Directions: Put one gallon of water, 1 cup of Borax, and 1 cup of Washing Soda in a large pot and cook and stir constantly over medium heat until all soap flakes are dissolved.
In a 5-gallon bucket, pour two gallons of hot water. Add hot soapy mixture to the 5-gallon bucket. Stir it up and cover. Let sit over night. It will get its gloppy consistency. I call my laundry detergent Laundry Snot.
I stir up the contents of the 5-gallon bucket every time I re-fill my laundry detergent bottle (an old Tide bottle). I use the same Tide lid to measure my laundry detergent. I use the same amount as when I used Tide. No one can tell that I don't use store-bought and use my own home-made laundry detergent. My clothes are always clean and my skin doesn't break out in allergic rashs due to harsh laundry chemicals.
For fabric softener, I put white vinegar in my Downy ball and toss it in. Vinegar is a natural fabric softener and it works just fine. I don't mind that my laundry doesn't come out super-scented, but one can add a few drops of essential oils for scent if needed.