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I ran out of laundry detergent earlier this week, so I thought it would be a good time to share how I make it. The cost of detergent has risen so much over the years, and I’m tired of paying for it. Once you’ve made it a couple of times or so, you’ll find out it really isn’t that big of a task considering the savings in your pocket.
Here’s a list of supplies that should make about 5 gallons worth:
1/2 bar Fels Naptha soap
1/2 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda
essential oil (optional)
First grate your bar of soap and add it to a saucepan with 2 cups water.
Stir over medium heat until soap dissolves.
Put 1 1/2 gallons of hot water into a bucket. Add the melted soap, borax, washing soda, and baking soda. Stir well.
Cover and let it sit over night to thicken. I lay a cookie sheet on top.
The next day some of it has gelled. You need to stir it well, and I’ve found that using my egg beater does a great job of it. You can add 5 to 7 drops of your favorite essential oil now.
Once it’s stirred, pour a container halfway with your soap, and the remaining half with water. I love using this particular sports drink bottle. It holds just over a liter, and the handle is perfect to hold when pouring into the washer dispenser. I shake it, unscrew the top, and pour it in.
The rest I store in empty soft soap refill containers. Upcycling to save more money:-) I now have 5 gallons that should last months!
I hope this was helpful, and if you have any questions just leave me a comment.