Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!
Day 25: Homemade Laundry Detergent
I can’t believe how easy this was! I chose a recipe #3 from One Good Thing, who originally got it from Why not Sew. I love that I could do it all within a big pot on the stove (without getting a gallon bucket with a lid, etc.)!
You will need:
- 1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
- 1 cup of Borax (found at Walmart
- 1 cup of washing soda (found at Walmart or local grocery store)
- a big pot (that holds more than 2 gallons)
- a food processor or grater
- a funnel
- a long spoon
- 2 empty gallon jugs/containers
Step 1: Grate the bar of soap.
I used a food processor and was done in 20 seconds!!
How easy was that?
Step 2: Dump the grated soap and 1 gallon of water in a 2 gallon pot.
Heat on medium until the grated soap dissolves.
Or, you can THINK you have a 2 gallon pot, when in reality it only holds 1 gallon of liquid….
Don’t worry, I had a plan B.
Step 3: Add the Borax and washing soda.
Bring to a boil. It will coagulate.
Step 4: Turn off the heat. Add 1 gallon of cold water. Stir well.
OR, in my case. Add half of a gallon of cold water to another container, then dump half of the soap mixture into that container. Then, add half of a gallon of cold water to the pot on the stove. Ta-da!
It worked so well, I’ll probably do it the same way again. (Especially since I don’t have a 2 gallon pot.)
Step 5: Using a funnel, pour the laundry detergent into your gallons containers.
Now you have 2 gallons of homemade laundry detergent!! I have been using 1/2 cup per load, and it works just fine. I may try another laundry detergent recipes sometime, but for now I’m really happy with this one.
See you tomorrow,
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