What do you get when you mix….
a pile of this after it’s melted in a quart of hot water…
a cup of this…
a cup of that… dissolved in a few gallons of water, left to sit for a day, and then dump in a bottle of this and stir real well….
All of this! That’s what you get!
I’ve been making my own homemade laundry detergent for a few years now with various recipes you’ll find floating out there on the web and for the most part I didn’t care for them.
Maybe it’s that I struggle with sprinkling only a tablespoon of dry detergent on all of our “muddy” (it’s not really mud) farm clothes. Maybe I need the mental security I get from splashing a capful of soap all over our clothes…
Maybe it’s that my family was begging me for the freshly laundered scent they knew and loved and weren’t getting no matter what essential oils I tried.
Maybe it was that they went so far as to call their laundry dirty without that scent. To my face. (Ungrateful lot.)
Whatever the mental hangup, I have found a compromise both for my budget, their olfactory senses, as well as taking care of the “mud” factor.
And I’m going to show you how ridiculously easy it is to make so you won’t have an excuse anymore either!
Customary with every laundry detergent recipe is a price breakdown, right?
That way we can feel warm and fuzzy knowing that in exchange for a small amount of time and effort, we’re saving a huge amount of money!
What you can save with this detergent depends on whether you give it a boost with the commercial detergent…
If I don’t use it, I need two capfuls of detergent to get the Warm & Fuzzy Feeling that let’s me know how much is enough.
Five gallons of that detergent comes out to $2.60. That gives me 80- 1 cup loads. Which comes to $.03 per load!
But if I boost it up and use the commercial detergent, we get 160- 1/2 cup loads, all five gallons of which costs $8.03. Still an awesome value at $.05 per load!!
- Grate the bar of soap.
- Heat a quart of water on the stove.
- Add the soap curls to the water warming until they're melted.
- Measure the borax and washing soda into a 5 gallon bucket.
- Fill up about halfway with hot water, stirring to dissolve the powders.
- Stir in the melted soap.
- Add more water to the bucket until it's about ¾ of the way full.
- Cover and allow to sit for about a day.
- The next day, stir the gelled up soap back in.
- If you're boosting your laundry detergent, thoroughly stir it into bucket.
- Ladle your laundry detergent into containers.
- Use ½ cup of Boosted Homemade Detergent, or a cup of Regular Homemade Detergent.