Homemade Laundry Detergent - Recipes for Making Liquid and Powdered Washing Detergents
Making your own homemade laundry detergent is relatively easy and the resulting product will only cost pennies per wash load.
Broadly speaking, you really only need three main ingredients to make homemade laundry detergent: washing soda, borax, and soap of some kind.
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Washing soda helps to remove dirt and odors from laundry - the most easily obtainable is Arm & Hammer. Borax is used to whiten the laundry, and 20 Mule Team borax is the most popular.
As far as the soap to use is concerned, many people use Fels Naptha soap - which has been around for about 100 years, or Ivory soap, or Zote, which is a soap from Mexico. All of these soaps are very gentle and ideal for washing baby clothes or the clothes of people who are sensitive to commercial laundry detergents.
Here is a recipe for a homemade laundry detergent which is in liquid form.
Here is another recipe for a homemade liquid detergent.
Instructions for this liquid homemade laundry detergent:
You can make large buckets of the detergent at one time, or smaller quantities if you don't do a lot of laundry. Ask your friends for their empty liquid laundry detergent bottles and store your detergent in them. Make a big batch, pour into the bottles and replace the caps. Shake well before using to mix the gel.
If you prefer a laundry powder detergent, it is very simple to make a homemade version.
Here is a recipe:
For a homemade laundry detergent that will make your white clothes sparkle, try the following recipe.
Here is another recipe for powdered homemade laundry detergent - this one uses white vinegar instead of borax.
Instructions for making this homemade laundry detergent powder:
Making homemade laundry detergent is certainly less convenient than buying it at the store, but the advantages outweigh the hassle - you know what the ingredients are, and you will save a lot of money!
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