I have made both the liquid and the powder homemade laundry detergent and I must say I like the liquid a lot better. Don’t ask me why because the are basically the same ingredients. For whatever reason the liquid cleans a whole lot better. You can make 10 gallons of liquid laundry detergent for the same price as one jug of store brand detergent. The only thing you will need is a clean 5 gallon bucket with a lid. If your lucky you might get for free at a bakery. If not you can buy one for less than $5 at Lowes or Home Depot. You will also need some empty store brand laundry soap containers or you can buy a cute drink dispenser at the dollar stores.
The ingredients are readily available at most grocery stores or super centers. The ingredients will last you for 5 or 6 batches of detergent. It takes little time to prepare. It does have to sit overnight to thicken up but I have already made it in the morning and its been thick before I went to bed.
4 Cups of Hot Water
1 Bar of Fels Naptha soap
1 Cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soap
1 Cup of Borax
1/4 cup of Purex crystals (optional)
Add 4 cups of water to a medium size sauce pan. Bring to boil. While waiting to boil grate the Fels Naptha soap. I use a pampered chef grater and it goes pretty quick. Add the soap to the boiling water. Turn down heat to low and stir till soap melts. Stir to mix. (Will get bubbly)
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half way with additional hot water. Add the melted soap, borax, washing soda and purex crystals if using. Use a large wooden spoon to stir the mixture thoroughly. I have also used my stick blender so I know its mixed well. Put the lid on and let sit overnight. I stir it a couple times during the day because it does tend to separate.
The next day, stir till all the lumps are remove. Again I get out the stick blender and beat till smooth. Now fill the laundry detergent bottles half way with the mixture and then fill the rest with warm water and shake. I usually only use half of the bucket in jugs and once I empty one I refill from the bucket. Shake it well before using.
This recipe yields 10 gallons of detergent. For HE washers use 1/4 cup of detergent. For regular washers use 1/2 cup.
For those with sensitive skin replace the Fels Naptha soap with Ivory soap. You can get two bars of Ivory Soap at the dollar tree for $1.
The Fels Naptha soap may be the hardest thing to find. I actually found it at my grocery store in two different places. The Weis Market keeps it near the regular bath soap, while Giant Stores keep in in the laundry aisle.
If you haven’t added the Purex crystals and you want a scent to your soap you can add essential oil to the finished soap. Be sure to only use a few drops because the oil may leave stains if not stirred in thoroughly.
Hopefully you will find this helpful and a great budget stretcher. You save not only money on detergent but you also cut down on all those laundry detergent bottles in your trash.
If you have any questions pop me a message. Be glad to help you out.