Dirty Laundry - Making homemade laundry detergent
One thing that I have learned from my daughter is how to make homemade laundry detergent. I was always complaining about how expensive laundry detergent had become, and she told me how to make my own. Now I am just in love with it! Not only does it smell great, it makes a 5 gallon buck that last and cleans many of loads. This cut my shopping bill, and that made my husband a very happen and "clean" man!
Let me share with you the recipe:
You will need:
1 bar of Fels-naptha
1 box of Arm & Hammer, Household Cleaner & Laundry Booster (you will only use 1 cup)
1 box of Borax, Detergent Booster & Multi-purpose Household Cleaner (you will only use 1 cup)
1 New 5 Gallon Bucket (many of options at Walmart.com)
Cheese grater (does not have to be fancy, mine is from the Dollar Tree)
Large pot (about a gallon or 2 gallon size)
Large wooden spoon (use only for laundry mix making)
1 cup measuring cup (love my glass Purex measuring cup)
Let's get started:
Step 1: using the cheese grater, grated the Fels-naptha into a large pot.
Step 2: Add water to pot, filling it to the halfway point.
Step 3: Bring water to a boil, and stir Fels-Naptha until it has completely melted.
Step 4: In 5 gallon bucket add 1 cup of both the Arm & Hammer and the Borax.
Step 5: Add warm water to 5 gallon bucket, filling it halfway full, stir as you are adding water.
Step 6: Once Feels-Naptha is melted in large pot of water, pour mixture into 5 gallon bucket, stirring the water mixtures together until all detergents are dissolved.
Step 7: Fill 5 gallon bucket to about 4 inches from top with warm water
Step 8: Close bucket and let sit for 24 hours
Step 9: Once time is up, mixture will be a jelly like state, no worries, using your hands or a large stir stick break up the jelly mix; this will break i back down into liquid format.
Step 10: Use 1 cup of mixture per a load of laundry.
There you have it, homemade laundry detergent. I have been using this recipe now for over 2 years. It has gotten some pretty tough stains out, but I always use a pre-treatment when these stains happen. I use water, Fels-Naptha Bar and a scrub brush to pretreat tough stains. So far pretty successful, even with that Georgia red clay on baseball pants! I also want to add that I LOVE the smell of Fels-naptha! Let me know your thoughts on the smell.
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Please note: you are trying this at your own risk. We can not be held for any damage laundry or misuse of recipe.