Friday, March 5, 2010
Homemade Laundry Detergent
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In all reality, I am not very "green." I don't get into organic but I do grow a garden. I take care of the environment but it has more to do with the fact that I hate trash and waste. Also, I am incredibly cheap! If I can save money, count me in.
When I saw the amount of money that I could save making homemade laundry detergent, I was sold.
I just finished making my second batch. That means that my first batch lasted from December until March. Pretty good considering how much laundry we do around here! (Read How I Tamed the Laundry Giant for practical tips on managing laundry.)
Here is my recipe and directions (although I am always open to new ideas!)
4 Cups finely shredded bar soap (1 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap 5.5 oz bar makes 1 cup)
2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Wash Soda
2 Cups 20 Mule-Team Borax
I used the Zote bar (pink in color) because it was available at a local grocery store. I know that there are other options. Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (yellow in color) is one. In later batches, I have mixed Zote and Fels-Naptha.
Arm & Hammer Super Wash Soda Regular baking soda is not a substitute (talk to a chemist on why this is). I had trouble finding washing soda so I called the Arm and Hammer corporation to find a place locally that sold it. They were able to give me a few options. You can also find it online.
20 Mule-Team Borax - This is easy to find.
I have a front load washer and use 1 T per load (the little measuring spoons that come in formula cans work great for this). The soap will not suds up so don't panic and think that you should add more.
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