Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder
Mix all the ingredients together and place into a 16 ounce (or larger) plastic container, with a lid.
Each time that you do a load of laundry use 1/2 cup of this mixture as your laundry detergent.
* Nowadays it can be difficult to actually find soap flakes. You can make your own, however, by grating a bar of laundry soap with a kitchen grater.
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Balls
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1 cup clear glycerin soap flakes from glycerin bar soap
Mix the ingredients together and then separate and compress the mixture into balls, about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Use one of the “laundry balls” per load of laundry.
Keep all the unused laundry balls in a sealed container. Use them all within 1-2 months.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – Using The Stove
- 1 cup laundry bar soap shavings
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 gallon tepid water
Melt the cup of laundry bar soap shavings in the two cups of boiling water, on thestove.
Once the soap has melted and combined with the boiling water slowly add the borax and washing soda, stirring well to thoroughly combine.
Once all those ingredients are thoroughly mixed together add the gallon of tepid water and mix well, storing in a large jug or jugs with lids to hold all the laundry detergent.
Use 1/4 of this homemade liquid laundry detergent in each load of wash.
Alternative Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe Without Using Stove
- 1 ounce liquid castile soap*
- 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups warm water
- 10 drops essential oil (scent is your choice) (optional)
Combine all the ingredients together in a plastic container with a top and shake well before using.
Use approximately 1/4 cup of this homemade laundry detergent for each load (up to 1/2 cup if large or especially soiled load).
You can look at these suggested essential oil recipes for homemade laundry supplies if you want some suggestions of combinations of essential oils that smell good and work well in laundry detergent.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I am completely sold on theNo-Grate Laundry Detergent that I posted back in February of this year. But, like I’ve said many times on this website, I am always open to new ideas! And I really liked this idea that someone posted as a comment awhile back.
A YEARS worth of Laundry Soap!?!? That’s an idea that is hard NOT to get behind! Plus, I’ve been curious about the “dry” version of homemade laundry detergent that so many people are fond of. I have never tried it before. I figured it’s high time I did!
Here is the recipe that Anonymous posted (the text in red are my notes):
I make a dry version which works better for my family. I hate storing the bottles, shaking it up, and making it more often. I only make it once and it lasts for the entire year for our family of 4.
3 bars Fels Naptha, grated ($1.33 x 3)
1 box Borax ($5.85 – 76 ounces)
1 box Washing Soda ($4.07 – 55 ounces)
2 cups of baking soda ($0.53 cents)
2 containers of Dollar Tree Oxyclean (I bought mine at Family Dollar store…SUN Brand…$4.00 each)
1-2 containers of Purex fabric softener crystals ($6.97 – 28 ounces)
Use 2 tablespoons per load. Put it right in the barrel if you have an HE washer.
To grate the bars of soap I decided to make it easier on myself and use my ancient Hamilton Beach food processor. I figured if it broke in the process it would give me a good excuse to get a new one! But fortunately (unfortunately?) it handled the soap just fine. I would offer one tip though if you decide to use your food processer to “grate” your soap: add something else to the bowl to aid in the process. I added a cup of the SUN Oxygen Bleach to each bar when I processed it. It seemed to help the blades do their job better.
UPDATE: Lisa took pity on me!! 🙂 Thank you Lisa!!Lisa April 30, 2012 at 7:35 am
Jillee, I love your blog with such useful tips, I figured all the good tips you give me, I’d do the math I’m no mathematic genius but here it goes .. I paid 3.83 for borax at Walmart , 1.99 for washing soda, and $ 2.00 for dawn. Ok I rounded up to nearest whole dollar so 1 box of borax is 76 ounces so it makes 50 gallons of detergent equaling =0.08 per gallon. One box washing soda is 55 ounces which will make 48 gallons of detergent=0.05/load. The dawn was 48 ounces so it will make 36 gallons of detergent =0.04 per gallon. So my educated guess is each gallon cost is $0.17 !! Now that’s one good thing!!!! P. S. I love your cafe rio sweet pork recipe!!!!