Making homemade laundry detergent is a simple way to get your laundry clean. Homemade laundry detergent requires only a few ingredients. If you have a little time, you can save hundreds of dollars per year!
The primary reason people use homemade laundry detergent is to save money. In the store, you are mostly paying for packaging. For a small amount of money, you can buy enough ingredients to make more than a year's worth of detergent!
Ingredients may purchased at your local grocery or chain superstore. However, some are available in co-ops, natural food and specialty stores, or ordered online. If you prefer fragrance in your detergent, you can add essential oils, which can also be purchased online.
Here are two common recipes:
Liquid Laundry Detergent:
1/3 cup Fels-Naptha® soap bar, grated 1/2 cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax
Put Fels-Naptha® soap bar in a pan with 6 cups of water and heat until dissolved. Stir in 1/2 cup washing soda, 1/2 cup Borax, and mix until melted. Remove from heat. In a two gallon bucket, put 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap. Mix. Fill bucket with cold water. Mix until well blended. Set aside for 24 hours. It will gel up a little, but is mostly a liquid. Shake or stir t mix before using. Use 1/2 cup for each load.
Powdered Laundry Detergent:
1 cup Fels-Naptha® soap bar, grated 1/2 Cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax
For a light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or a heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.
Fels-Naptha® Laundry soap bar is at the laundry or bar soap aisle at your regular supermarket. If you cannot find it, try Ivory or Octagon soap instead.
Super Washing Soda: Washing soda is found in the laundry detergent aisle of your supermarket. Baking soda SHOULD NOT be used in place of washing soda. They are completely different products.
Borax: Also found in the laundry detergent aisle. One brand name is 20 Mule Team® Borax.
Some people wonder whether the homemade detergent will really clean their clothes. The answer is yes, many would argue the clothes come out cleaner, whiter, and brighter! The washing soda and Borax are both laundry boosters.
The difference between store-bought and homemade detergent is that store-bought detergent has harmful chemicals. Homemade detergent does not contain harsh chemicals. Also, commercial detergents use fillers that over time, will dull and grey your clothing. The cheaper detergents often contain the most fillers.
Plain vinegar works as a natural softener. Just add to your rinse cycle. If you use a laundry ball, you can fill that with vinegar. The clean clothes will not smell bad.