Okay, so it’s not food, but it DOES involve working in the kitchen. I wanted to share with you how to make your own laundry detergent. It saves a ton of money and I love how it cleans our clothes. I’ve been doing this for just over a year and wouldn’t have it any other way.
This takes about 20 minutes to mix and it’s not hard at all. I will say that it does NOT make suds (not many anyway) but suds aren’t what cleans the clothes anyway. If this mixture doesn’t clean them, nothing will.
You see that there’s “Fels-Naptha” soap and then the “Zote” soap. You can use either one. I’ve used both.
You’ll need a container for the detergent. I use a small 3 gallon roughneck tote. You could use a bucket or any other container of your choosing but it will need to be at least a 3 gallon size.
You’ll also need to use at least a 4 quart pan for the stove.
Here’s the recipe and you can print it out if you want to give this a try. I should’ve kept my receipt for the Borax, Washing Soda and soap but I didn’t. So I’m thinking it was around $7 or $8 for all your soap products. This will last you a long LONG time, depending on how many people you’re doing laundry for in your household. There’s only 2 of us now, so just one batch of detergent lasts me for at least a couple months and there’s still Borax and Washing Soda to make more batches with. (You’ll see what I mean in the recipe below.)
- 1/2 bar of Fels Naptha soap OR
- 1/3 bar of Zote soap (just use one or the other)
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup borax powder
- Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.
- Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.
- Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Pour 4 cups hot tap water into the bucket/container.
- Add your soap mixture and stir well.
- Add 20 cups of water and stir well again.
- Let soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel so you’ll need to stir the first few times before using it.
- Use 1/2 cup per load.
If you decide to give this a try, pop back in and let me know how you like it.