Saturday, June 1, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Here it is! The laundry detergent I wanted to do a tutorial for & I have found the pictures! Woo-Hoo!!
First, I got this recipe (#1) from here: Tipnut.
Let's get on with it!
What you'll neeD:
Some empty containers to put the finished detergent, like ice cream buckets, or 2 qt juice bottles
A funnel if using juice bottles
A big bucket measured & marked to 2 gallons

A medium saucepan with about a quart of boiling water
A bar of Fels Naptha, grated (a food processor does this very quickly)
2 c. borax
2 c. washing soda

Add the grated soap to the boiling water over medium-low & stir until the soap melts.

See? No more soap chunks.

Add the borax & washing soda & stir, stir, stir.

It will be like this:

Pour this into the big bucket & add hot water to the 2 gallon line, then stir, stir & stir some more:

Let the detergent cool down enough to pour into the empty bottles without burning you or the container. Stir often while its cooling down. Using a funnel, carefully pour into bottles leaving a couple inches of head space for shaking.

As the detergent cools, it will gel up & become more opaque.

To use:
Shake or stir well before each use. You want it to be like this:

Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load of laundry. It is great for top loading, front loading & HE washing machines.

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