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DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe -- Really Works!

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I made laundry detergent from washing soda, baking soda, Borax, and castile soap. Here's the recipe: Now you need to measure with a tin can (just a regular tin can, like the kind that corn comes in). In a large container with a tight-fitting lid, mix 3 cans of Borax, 3 cans of baking soda, 3 cans of washing soda, and an 8 ounce bottle of castile soap. I found that stirring didn't work very well, so I put the lid on the container and shook it up really well.
I have been really pleased with this detergent. Dissolved in hot water (it is not as good in cold water), it actually removed stains and oils, and it makes the laundry smell really clean and fresh.
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy

To see more: http://www.networx.com/article/i-made-my-own-laundry-detergent-and-so

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  • Linda H
    Linda H Dalton, GA
    on Jan 14, 2013

    my daughter uses cold water on almost everything! I want to make soap that will work in the cold water also. Any changes to this or just mix it in hot water and then add to cold?

  • 2mswings
    2mswings
    on Jan 14, 2013

    I would say give it more time to dissolve in cold water. Yes, you could dissolve it in a cup or two of hot water and then add it to cold -- that's good thinking.

  • Terri Hormel French
    Terri Hormel French Cambridge City, IN
    on Jan 14, 2013

    do you just mix the ingredients, or do you need to fill the mixing container with water as well? I have a similar recipe but you have to add water to the mix

  • 2mswings
    2mswings
    on Jan 14, 2013

    There is no water in the recipe. This yields a powdered detergent.

  • Alison T
    Alison T Acworth, GA
    on Jan 14, 2013

    Can you use this in HE machines?

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