This morning I have a few minutes to sit down and type up instructions on DIY laundry detergent! I love using this homemade detergent instead of all the popular brands because this detergent is SO MUCH CHEAPER, HEALTHIER, and SATISFYING to use! For the most part I have not bought normal laundry detergent for my families clothes in years!
(Disclaimer: I do not use this recipe for cloth diapers, I have been told that this soap can cause build up thus reducing the absorbency of them) This recipe is for a liquid detergent that can be safely used in septic systems. I have used it for 2 years with no problems. Now, on to the “nitty gritty”….
First, grab the ingredients! The “fab five” is what I call them.
(Borax Laundry Booster, 76 oz Box)
3. Washing Soda
(Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.)
4. Baking Soda
(Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (Pack Of 2))
5. Bar of Fels Naptha or other natural bar of soap
(Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap – Pack of 4)
There, that wasn’t so hard was it? These ingredients can be picked up at your local grocery store or better yet, you can order them right here online and not even have to leave your warm, cozy little spot in which you are sitting. Work smarter, not harder people!
Now, let’s start the recipe! If you are like me, the first time I attempt to follow a recipe usually takes me at least TWICE AS LONG AS IT SHOULD! (kinda reminds me of labor during childbirth hahahahah) You may find that as you try this recipe the first time it takes you 20 minutes, but trust me, your next attempt will most likely take you 10 minutes or less! Ok, here we go..
First: Put a pot of about one quart of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
Second: While the water is coming up to boiling point, grate the bar of soap. I use a cheese grater. It’s actually kind of fun to watch the soap curl like long yummy pieces of cheese.. But, please, resist the urge to partake… One bit of weird advice, I actually lay a folded brown paper sack on the counter under the grater to catch the “cheese”. That way, when I’m done grating I can just pick up the sack, bring up the sides a bit and let the soap slide down the middle of the bag to the boiling water below..
Third: Speaking of water…When the water is boiling, put the grated bar of soap into the water and stir until the soap is dissolved. (This is the longest part of the process. It usually takes about 5 minutes)
Fourth: When the mixture is dissolved, grab some sort of 5 gallon container that has a lid. I use empty kitty liter containers for this and for me, they work perfectly! Martin, my cat always appears when there may be even a tiny possibility that kitty treats are involved.. Pour the soap mixture into the bottom of the clean 5 gallon container.
Fifth: We are almost done! Now, it’s time to add the rest of the ingredients. Add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and 1 cup of Baking Soda to the soap mixture. While you are adding these ingredients begin adding hot water to fill up the 5 gallon bucket. I simply put my container in the sink and add the hot water right out of the tap. You are going to want to have a long handled spoon of some sort to help dissolve the ingredients into the water. Stir until dissolved. There you have it folks! That wasn’t so hard now was it? At this point you could also add Essential Oils if you’d like some fragrance. I don’t add any, but I wouldn’t be against it either! Let me know how it works! When you are finished dissolving the ingredients into the water, close the lid and let it set overnight so it can “congeal”. In the morning you’ll wake up, walk out to the laundry room, and open your bucket to find a jiggly bunch of detergent ready and waiting to help you with your washing needs!
Lastly, you may want to do what I always do when I find a DIY project I want to try or implement. EMAIL this link to yourself, that way when you are ready, you will not have to spend a bunch of time searching online to come up with a recipe AGAIN!
You’ve done good friend, now, go hug your hubby, your kiddo, your cat or yourself for that matter, and thank Yehovah for His loving kindness and patience with us as we learn to love Him and others the way He intended us to!