How to make Laundry Detergent

Saturday, March 21, 2009

My friend Melissa showed me how to make this liquid version of homemade laundry detergent and it is awesome! It will yield a little less than 5 gallons and costs a little less than $2. Not bad!!

Here's what you need:
1 Bar Ivory Soap (Grated)
3 Pints Water
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Baking Soda
Dish Soap
Rubbing Alcohol
2 Gallons Hot Water
2 Gallons Cold Water
5 Gallon Bucket
Jugs to store in
Here's what you do:
-Melt 3 pints water and the Ivory soap over low heat.
-Once melted add in borax and baking soda
-Pour mixture into your 5 gallon bucket
-Add 2 gallons HOT water and 2 gallons cold water (I store my finished detergent in cleaned out milk jugs so you can just fill those up at the tap and then pour into your bucket.)
-Add a squirt of dish soap to act as a de-greaser and a squirt of alcohol to kill germs
-Stir mixture together and then let it sit for 24 hours
-Then fill your jugs. Leaving a little bit of room at the top so that you can give them a good shake before each use. I just press the jugs into the bucket to fill them and then rinse the sides off. Does that make sense?

Now you are done! Use 1 cup per loadand shake before each use!

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