DIY Laundy Liquid Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener

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.

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Old-Fashioned Ways

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