Homemade Laundry Detergent
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I have been making my own laundry detergent for over a year now. Not only is it super economically friendly, it is an amazing non-toxic way to clean your clothes!!
It is so simple you only need four ingredients and a few “tools”!
- 1 – Cup Borax
- 1 – Cup Washing Soda
- 1 – 5.5 oz. Bar Fel-Naptha Soap (finely grated)
- 25 – drops Spark Naturals (affiliate link) Lemon or Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
A five-gallon bucket (I bought one that I keep set aside just for soap making)
Cheese Grater (Also kept separate and stored with my soap making supplies)
Spoon or whisk for stirring
Paint Mixer that attaches to a drill (optional)
Grate the Fel-Naptha soap into a small pot then add enough water to cover the grated soap.
Heat the soap and water on the stove, stirring continuously until the soap melts and is fully dissolved.
In the five gallon bucket combine the Borax and washing soda, then fill the bucket half way with hot water. Add your melted soap from the pot, using more hot water to rinse pot and spoon into the bucket to salvage as much as possible of your melted soap. Finish filling the five-gallon bucket up to two inches from the top of the bucket with hot water.
With a five-gallon paint mixer attached to a drill, I start SLOWLY mixing the soap. Please remember trying to go full speed with this drill mixer will spin all your soap out of the bucket and onto you, the sink, the counter… everything!! (NOT FUN)
You can hand mix this with a very long spoon or stick paint stirrer but I LOVE my drill mixer. It gets the soap completely mixed unlike when I first started out and I hand mixed it. Hand mixing may leave a lot of clumps.
After it is completely blended, let it set. Go back every thirty minutes to an hour and give it another mix. It starts out as a liquid but as it cools it gets thick and will settle on the top of the water in a thick layer. Mixing it repeatedly makes it distribute as it cools and keeps it from having hardly any clumps.
I usually start making my soap in the afternoon, that way I can mix it off and on as it cools throughout the evening. I leave it overnight to set and cool. In the morning it is completely cool and I give it one more really good mixing. This is when I add my Essential Oil to the soap, I wanted to make sure that the heat didn’t mess up my precious EOs!!
I love the antibacterial/antiseptic quality of using essential oils for cleaning and they smell so fresh and good!
All that is left is pouring it into the jugs! I kept the last four jugs from when I use to buy liquid soap already made, just to have jugs to refill with homemade soap.
You can just leave it in the bucket and put a lid on it and set it in your laundry room and dip out what you need as you go, but jugs work best for us. I use a pitcher with the pour groves in it to dip and pour into my jugs. Wipe off any splatters, then that’s it, go store them in your laundry room. As time goes by you may need to give the jug a shake or two every time you use it to make sure it stays well mixed.
If you want a little more scent in your clean clothes, mix 1 cup of Epsom salts with 40 drops of your favorite essential oil in a Ziploc bag or mason jar. Shake/mix. Add 1 – 2 Tbsp. in each load of laundry. This is much like the scent boosters you can buy at the store.
For a family of five, one five gallon bucket of homemade laundry soap lasts us six weeks!!!
Cost of Laundry Detergent(At the time of this post)
20 Mule Team Borax All Natural Laundry Booster, 76 oz. box $8.99
Washing Soda Detergent Booster 55 oz. box $3.24
Fel-Naptha Soap 5.5 oz. Bar $2.00 (approximate)
Lemon EO 5 ml $5.99 or
Melaleuca EO 5 ml $6.99
Borax – 8 oz. of 76 oz. box = $. 95 per 5 gallons
Soda – 8 oz. of 55 oz. box = $.47per 5 gallons
Soap – 1 hole bar used $2. per 5 gallons
Essential Oil 25 of the 100-120 drops in a 5ml bottle = $1.48 per 5 gallons
Basically $.98 per gallon of soap!!!!
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