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Call Me a Hippie – Homemade Laundry Detergent

That’s right, and now it costs me about $.15 a load to run laundry.

I hadn’t really considered making my own detergent until I came across a really easy recipe via Buzzfeed DIY.

Which led me to the Wellness Mama blog and her step-by-step instructions. I went for the liquid detergent and picked up the borax and Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap at Target, and the washing soda at Giant.

To make liquid Laundry Soap:

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load. (Source)

End result = 3-4 month supply of laundry detergent 🙂 For someone with a lot of clothes, it’s very reassuring.

IMG_0275I did find the consistency to be a little watery, next time I’ll try using 1/2 gallon less water and see how it works out.

Save up at least 5-6 detergent containers for storage, and make sure you have a large funnel.

I have no plans to try to make homemade versions of every product I use, but the future doomsday prepper in me is excited to have clean clothes during the zombie apocalypse.

Cheers,

Sarah

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