Homemade Laundry Detergent Pennies Per Load

I can’t believe it, but it is actually time to make laundry detergent again! The last time I made the laundry detergent was before Andrew was born. So it’s been 9-10 months 🙂 It is easy and very inexpensive! You will need the following:

5 gallon bucket with lid
1 c liquid Dr. Bronners castile soap
2 c Super Washing Soda
2 c borax
rinsed out old laundry detergent bottle

1. Mix 1 cup of the castile soap with 3 cups of HOT water. Let sit for a few minutes.

2. Meanwhile put the Super Washing Soda (must be the super not regular baking soda) and borax in the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the bucket half way with Hot tap water, stirring as you go.

3. Add the castile soap water mixture and then fill the bucket up the rest of the way with HOT water.

4. Cover bucket with lid and let sit overnight. The soap will become thicker, but it will not be as thick as store-bought detergents. Store bought detergents have thickening agents added that don’t really get your clothes clean.

5. The next day fill your detergent bottle 1/2 way with the detergent concentrate from the 5 gallon bucket. Then fill the rest of the way with hot water. Put cap on and shake bottle so that it is well mixed. For top load washing machines use 2/3 c for front load use 1/4 cup per load.

* I have found that people who try to make this in smaller quantities don’t have much luck getting it to turn out. If you tend to have very dirty clothes add 8-10 drops of tea tree oil the concentrate before you let it sit over night. You can add other essential oils if you wish they have different cleaning properties and can add fragrance to your clothes. As I have a baby I use this recipe, and just add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to the laundry when need be.

** If you don’t want to buy the liquid you can grate bar soap and then add it to 4 cups hot water cook over stove until it soap is melted. Then follow rest of recipe. I personally like the liquid soap it takes less time and I use the leftovers for bathtime etc.

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