My mother-in-law recently asked for some of our homemade laundry detergent and is thrilled with it. She tried an experiment of washing whites with my homemade detergent and then washing some with her old brand. She could not believe how much whiter my soap did compared to her "store-bought" brand. It thrilled me to death to know this too.
Okay, so here is what you will need:
- 1 bar of Ivory soap
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup borax
|This is what it looks like after you add the soap shavings and water.|
Then add in the washing soda and the Borax. Stir it up until it is mixed well. Remove it off the stove and set aside. Take a HUGE pot or bucket and pour in 4 cups of hot water and then pour in the soap mixture. Stir it again then add a gallon of water and an additional 6 cups of water and stir it up again. Now just put the bucket out of the way somewhere overnight. After about 24 hours it is ready to use.
The detergent turns into a gel like mass. Do not expect it to be totally gelled though. Another thing to note about the detergent is that there will be very little suds when you wash. Do not panic. It is okay. With this soap, it is the ingredients that do the cleaning and not the bubbles. Trust me. :-)
Use 1/2 cup per load.
Besides making our own detergent, we also do not use a standard washing machine. We do the laundry by hand (well sort-of). We actually do it with a plunger, a five gallon bucket, and tub. If you want to see how, you can view how we do laundry country style here. I also make our own fabric softener and dishwasher detergent. Check back soon to learn how to do it.