Why should I make my own detergent for my laundry? Because it only cost a penny or two to do a complete load of clothes. That is a good enough reason but I have more. Detergent is really expensive if one buys the best. I am for buying the best because the cheaper brands are watered down and do not get the job done.
Plus, I know what goes into it and that makes me feel good. No harsh chemicals. Plus, plastic is a terrible thing to put in the dump and most people do not recycle. Do I? When I think about it and that isn’t good enough.
Here is my recipe for making my own laundry detergent. It isn’t hard so give it a try to see what you think.
The first product is Fels-Naptha Soap. It can be found but one might have to look around a bit to find it. It has a nice smell but the main thing is that it is pure soap that can get rid of poison oak from clothes and your skin.
The next ingredient is Washing Soda. This can usually be found in the laundry isle in most big stores.
Third is Borax powder.
Here is the recipe.
i/3 third bar of Fels-Naptha Soap or if it can’t be found one can use Ivory or Zote.
1/2 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Borax powder.
A small two gallon bucket is needed.
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load but for front loading machines, 1/4 cup is usually enough.
The soap will not hold together like most laundry detergent. One has to give it a good shake to mix it well before pouring it into the washing machine. There is a way to make it hold together and that is by adding a small bottle of Dawn or your favorite dishwashing detergent. I personally perfer to just give it a good shake.
This soap doesn’t make suds but suds is not what gets your clothes clean. Plus, if one is using a front loading machine, it is best.
One last note. Use some of the soap to spot treat any stains Presto. Stains will come out.
Now get busy looking for these products. I searched online to find mine. Then make a batch and share it with your family and friends. After all, such a great soap that only cost pennies to use should be shared.