Thursday, October 6, 2011

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Something I've been wanting to try for a long time is making my own liquid laundry detergent. The recipe we decided to use was the Duggar family recipe. (The directions in italics are their property that I simply followed.)


4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax


- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water.

-Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.



In the beginning it looks like this:

After about 7-10 minutes it looks like this:
Finally, around 12-15 minutes later, it starts to look like this:
 


-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax.

Here's the 1/2 cup Borax:

 1/2 cup of Borax to 1 cup of washing soda:


 -Stir well until all powder is dissolved.



-Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.



-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap...



and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)



Something we decided would be a good idea to do is to mark the wooden spoon we were using to stir the soap with a "laundry soap only" spoon so someone wouldn't end up with soapy tasting baked goods one day.



-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.


-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.


-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)


-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)


*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!" Check out this information on using baking soda to make washing soda.


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Have you ever tried making your own laundry soap?
Yes, and I enjoyed it.
Yes, but I wouldn't do it again.
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4 comments:

  1. Let us know how it works. My neightbor makes it and gave us some but I"m embarassed to say I haven't tried it yet.

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  2. I told Travis that once we move into a house I am making my own! I just don't have any where to store it right now or I would have made it and been using it by now. Let me know how you like it and did you use any oils in yours?

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  3. You busy bee! :o) Would love to try that some day, but I am soooo lazy for this kind of stuff. Every so often, however, I get the notion to go all Martha Stewart and next time that happens, will have to try this. Please let us know how the detergent works out!

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  4. The detergent works great! We like citrus, so we used some orange and lemon essential oils- these need a carrier oil, however.

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