Homemade Laundry Detergent
Cost is for Oregon @ Fred Meyer, we have NO sales tax here!
1 Fells Naptha Soap Bar=$1.29 (makes 1 batch)
1 box of Arm and Hammer WASHING Soda=$3.29 (makes 6 1/2 batches)
1 box Borax Laundry Booster=$5.50 (makes 19 batches)
Essential Oils for scent (optional)
1--5 gal. bucket with a lid. Any clean one will do. I bought one at Fred Meyer for $4.
1--Grater for soap (I used the slicer/shredder/Grater attachment for my KitchenAid this is quick and easy but, any grater will do.)
Pan for melting down grated soap and water
½ gallon laundry soap container (cleaned out, any container that you can our from will work)
Here are the instructions:
1 bar of soap, grated (I used Fels-Naptha Brand)
1 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer Brand)
1/2 cup Borax
4 cups HOT water
Grate the soap, and put into a pan on the stove with the 4 cups of HOT water and cook over med low heat until the soap is melted.
Pour into a 5 gallon bucket, add the Borax and Washing Soda and stir well.
Add HOT water (we used the bath tub) to the top of the bucket to equal 5 gallons of liquid.
Let sit over night, this mixture will gel.
Stir well the next morning.
Take the old clean laundry detergent container and add 1 quart of laundry detergent concentrate and 1 quart of HOT water, screw on the top and shake well.
You now have 1/2 gallon of homemade liquid laundry detergent. Shake before each use.
You can add essential oils at this point if you so desire. I picked up some Tea Tree Oil to help with 'disinfecting' and the yummy smell.
Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads) Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)