Saturday, September 26, 2009

Super Value Laundry Detergent

This is a great recipe for homemade laundry detergent. The ingredients (washing soda and borax) cost about $5.00 at Walmart, and will make quite a few recipes. I STRONGLY recommend this laundry soap. It is inexpensive and does a good job of cleaning. It doesn't leave a strong scent in the clothes, just a nice general clean smell. Try it out and see if it is something you want to do to save your family some money. The cost of this recipe is approximately $2.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

4 Cups Hot Tap Water

1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar (I used Dial because I love the scent but, you may want to use one that is not highly perfumed.)

1 Cup Washing Soda

½ Cup Borax


Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

  • Top Load Machine - 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
  • Front Load Machines - ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

via Helpful Hints and Handy Tips

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Homemade Dishwashing Liquid

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Amazon buyer review: I bought this Castile soap to use in natural cleaning recipes (for disinfectant, window cleaner, etc.) It's a good quality soap, and the awesome peppermint scent adds a nice touch - especially for disinfecting things like the interiors of lunch boxes and reusable shopping totes (the waterproof ones, not the cloth kind). Overall a great soap, and a must-have for natural cleaning! [I love this brand! - c]


  1. With my Firebox books packed away, this recipe is very welcome. Beats heck out of paying $30 or more for an equivalent amount of generic, much less name-brand soap. One must wonder what the price of the professional product would be if advertising could not be expensed!!

    Thanks, m'lady 'tress!

  2. Cool recipe, I just accidentally stumbled in here for TEOTWAWKI and after taking a peek, I will be here more often...

    I will be trying this detergent recipe soon as well.