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Today's homemade cleaner is laundry detergent.

I make powder detergent but below is also the recipe for liquid. This recipe does contain borax-which gets mixed reviews on how natural and safe it is. There are recipes available (I'm sure a mom will post one below) that do not contain borax. 

Ingredients:

1 bar of soap (Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Zote are just a few that can be used)
1 cup Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup Borax

Directions for powdered detergent:

Finely grate soap, add washing soda and borax, stir. Use 1-2 tablespoons per wash load.

Directions for liquid detergent:

Grate laundry soap, add to 4 cups of warm water in a saucepan. Stir until soap melts. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full with hot water, pour in soap/water mixture, washing soda and borax. Stir until fully dissolved. Add water to the bucket to the top. Let sit overnight. Take another container (reuse milk jugs, juice containers, old laundry soap containers, etc), fill half way with laundry detergent, add water to fill container and shake. For a top load, use about 1/2 cup. For front load, use 1/4 cup.

Do you make your own laundry detergent or do you use store bought? Would you try this recipe? Do you have another recipe that you use?

by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Replies (61-63):
mruglyface
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM
I use
1 bar fels naptha
1/2 box borax
1/2 box of washing soda
1 container of laundry crystals
use 1-2 Tbsp
Works great! Lasts forever! My husband loves it!
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Mrs.Salz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Mine's very similar. 1 bar fels naptha (grated), 2 cups each of borax and washing soda.

Mrs.Salz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

What are laundry crystals?

Quoting mruglyface:

I use
1 bar fels naptha
1/2 box borax
1/2 box of washing soda
1 container of laundry crystals
use 1-2 Tbsp
Works great! Lasts forever! My husband loves it!


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