Monday, July 19, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

YAY! Finally I'm back with another recipe, however this isn't for your tummy, it's for your clothes! :) My wonderful friend Veronica and I had such a fun time making this TWO GALLONS worth of laundry detergent for DIRT CHEAP! I'm a stay at home mom and with another one on the way I need to find ways to seriously save money. With this recipe each load will come out to about a PENNY in cost! If that's not fabulous I don't know what is, it even smells clean!

You will need-
2 Gallon Bucket (I got a 5 gallon bucket and doubled the recipe)
1 Bar of Zote (soap found in laundry aisle of Wal-Mart, $1.12)
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (it is very important to use WASHING SODA and not baking soda, this is kind of hard to find, I found it at ACE Hardware $2.23)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Borax (also found at Wal-Mart$3.27)
- If it strikes your fancy, you can add about 10-16 drops of any scent of Pure Essential Oil

(A picture of what the Zote looks like so you know what to look for.)

Grate the soap and put in a large pot.


Add 6 cups of water and heat it until the soap melts.


Add the washing soda and borax until it is dissolved.



(it gets this fabulous liquid detergent look and feel)

Remove from heat.
Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket.
Now add your soap mixture and stir.
Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir (totals 22cups).
Let the soap sit for 24 hours and it will gel.
You use 1/2 cup per load.


*Don't be alarmed if after 24 hours it has turned into something similar of egg drop soup. It's supposed to look that way! Happy washing!!!

1 comment:

  1. AHHHHHH!!! I don't know why my pictures are still messed up... I will do my best to fix them! PROMISE! BUT HERE IS THE RECIPE! That's all you wanted anyway, right??? :)