Saturday, January 30, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Step 1: Purchase 3 ingredients - Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and 1 bar of soap like Fels-Naptha. I don't recommend that you use a beauty bar or soap that has added fragrances and such. Ivory would probably work just as well.

Step 2: Find a container to store the laundry detergent in, a 1 cup measuring cup, and a fine cheese grater.

Step 3: Finely grate the entire bar of soap. Notice how the grated soap looks like cheese. Please, don't eat it.

Step 4: Add one cup of Borax and then add one cup of washing soda.

Step 5: Seal the container and shake it so that it mixes up.

Step 6: Use 1-2 Tablespoons depending on how heavy your load is.

  • Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap Bar is made by the Dial Soap Company. It will be found in the bar soap or laundry soap aisle at your regular supermarket. It is usually on the bottom shelf. If you can't find it in your area, try Ivory Soap instead. (I bought mine at a Kroger)
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda can be found on the laundry detergent aisle of your local supermarket. It comes in a 55-ounce yellow box. Baking soda SHOULD NOT be used in place of washing soda.
  • 20 Mule Team Borax can be found on the laundry detergent aisle.
  • I searched for these items on Amazon and they were incredibly over priced. The bar of soap should be under $2 a bar, the washing soda about $2-$3, and the Borax about $3-4.
  • Stir or shake the laundry detergent mixture each time you use it.
  • Some people make liquid laundry detergent which included melting the soap and making this big globby mess. I'm not sold on the idea.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I make this laundry soap all the time and love it! One quick tip to make the process go even faster is to use a parmesan cheese grater to grate the soap. I picked up one at Walmart for less than $5 and it fits a bar of soap perfectly in it. It is super-fast, easy on the hands, and the kids love to do it for me!