A while back I tried a powdered laundry detergent that didn’t work out very well. A few weeks ago I finally got around to making liquid detergent and I’m so glad I did!
It seems insane that it took me so long to try this recipe.
(Update: I no longer make laundry detergent because, in a nut shell, it gunks up our clothes. Find out which inexpensive and safe detergent I use in this post.)
After looking back over the recipe I’m pretty sure I used a cup of borax and a cup of washing soda. It came out fine anyway.
Homemade laundry detergent
What you need:
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- Essential Oils
What you do:
Grate the bar of soap (I use a food processor with grater attachment) and add to saucepan with water. Heat on medium/low until soap is melted.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir until all powder is dissolved. Add hot water to fill the bucket and stir occasionally while it cools. Cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Fill a used laundry detergent bottle half full with soap and then fill the rest of way with water. Add about 8 drops of Essential oils. I have used lavender, orange, lemon, and geranium (separately). Shake the bottle before each use to recombine.
Note: A commenter brought to my attention that this recipe may not work for cloth diapers. With some research I found that to be true. Read this article for more info!