Homemade Laundry Detergent

recipe for home made laundry detergent
The ingredients for homemade laundry detergent. Photo: The Simple Dollar

As you may have noticed, we are reporting a bit on new and snazzy laundry detergents. (A post about the ultra-cool Robby Wash Ball is coming, promise…). But, we like this homemade laundry detergent recipe that we saw today in a post on Yahoo Finance. To read the entire (and fascinating) article, click here.

(Disclosure: we have not tried this recipe, but we are tempted….)

The Recipe (for about .2 cents a load…)

(taken word by word from Yahoo’s article, and thanks to The Simple Dollar for the recipe)

A quick search online will show you that there’s no shortage of homemade laundry soap recipes: Here’s one from The Simple Dollar. And we’ve got 10 more at Money Talks News. But below is one that seems to work pretty well. You’ll need:

• 4 cups of water.
• 1/3 bar of cheap soap, grated.
• 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda).
• 1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team).
• 5-gallon bucket for mixing.
• 3 gallons of water.

First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.


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