Sunday, June 20, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

For my mother-in-law - 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

A gal in my office whom some have deemed "Mother Earth" is a true crafter and maker of all things. She "wow"ed us all when she made her own laundry detergent last year. But, she did intrigue me with the "penny a load" concept! When she brought in a jar for me to try, Bill and I were both impressed. Yeah, she pretty much had us at cheap!

Here is Jonnita's recipe (and yes, it safe for front loaders):

6 c hot water
1/3 bar Fels Naphtha soap (shredded) (I have read you CAN use other bar soaps)
1/2 c Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer makes one as pictured above)
1/2 C Borax
2 gallon bucket
1 qt hot water

Mix Fels Naphtha soap in a saucepan with 6 c of hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Borax. Stir until thickened and remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to 2 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water and mix well again. Set aside for 24 hours until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 c per load.

  • If you use a mildly scented soap, you can add an essential oil for your own specialty fragrance.
  • I found this video helpful if you like tutorials.
  • For local friends, Jonnita shared you can find all of these ingredients at Fred Meyer.

PS: I find it very funny that I am sharing this recipe, I have watched the video, I have purchased all the ingredients and I have YET to do this myself. I'm gonna do it, I promise! 


Stephanie said...

So.. you liked it when you tried it? Curious how it would do on baby stains? Sounds like it would be worth it to try, tho!

Thanks for sharing!!

Courtney said...

I'm sure it would do just as well as any detergent - that plus a little OxiClean which works well on stains for me now. I recently even got blackberry juice out with it! But, I'll be more of an expert in the baby stain area soon I'm sure. :-)


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