Well, here it is, my favorite recipe! I haven't bought Laundry Detergent in over 2 years and we have tried several different versions. The first one is my ALL TIME favorite. I have a very large family and we have normal wear and tear on our clothes. All 3 laundry soap recipes are mild for those of us with allergies and still work hard enough to keep us clean. We have a septic system and the homemade detergents listed here are septic safe. I have researched the detergent needs for those of you with front loaders, and these are exactly what you need, a low sudzing detergent. So get out your grater and get ready for some good clean fun!
Recipe #1 POWder Laundry Soap:
1 box Borax- 4 lbs. 12 oz. (sodium tetraborate)
1 large box- 4 lbs. Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 container Oxygen Cleaner-3.5 lbs. like "Oxiclean" or "Sun" (sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate)
Grate the soap with a grater.
2 cups Baking Soda
2 cups Borax
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
2 cups white Vinegar
(This was a fun recipe the kids loved to help with. When you mix the ingredients you get the "volcano" bubbling effect so be sure to add them in small batches in your bucket)!
Mix together the Baking Soda and Borax. Then, add the liquid castile soap. Slowly add the vinegar until it is all mixed in. This makes a thick paste at first and dries into hard rock-like pieces. Keep stirring and mix completely. After the mixture dries break up any lumps, it is pretty easy. I used 1/4 cup per full load and it works great.
*we made this one just a few times for fun and then went back to Recipe #1, because it was easier and less messy.
RECIPE #3 Liquid Laundry Soap:
1/3-1/2 Bar of Zote or Fels Naptha (grated)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Oxiclean or "Sun" oxygen cleaner
2 gallons of water
Grate your soap. Pour 1/2 gallon of water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the soap and stir until melted. Meanwhile pour the other 1 and 1/2 gallons of water into your bucket. Add the melted soap and water to the bucket and then stir in the Borax and Oxyclean, mixing well. Let it set for 24 hours. It will turn into a pink gel. (The kids loved to squish it through their fingers the next day!) Use 1/2 cup per load. It is very cost effective, about $.02 per load, but it is very time consuming and messy.
***There are many MANY more recipes out there. Search for "homemade laundry soap", "how to make laundry detergent", etc. Experiment and have fun! You can't lose when you know what is in your household products!
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*The above ingredients can all be bought locally. I have added an Amazon link to them if you have trouble finding something or just want to see what I am talking about (the words highlighted in blue). Of course Walmart, your local Grocery Store, or Discount Store, like Big Lots will save you money.
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