Of all the DIY cleaners, laundry detergent is the one that I haven't wanted to do. I would start reading ingredient lists and directions and instantly look away. It's always been easier to buy laundry soap (even the not-so-great stuff) then turn my kitchen into a soap-making factory. Until I found this easy recipe for homemade liquid laundry detergent.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
You might want to make your own laundry detergent for any of the following reasons:
- Making laundry detergent for sensitive skin
- Saving money
- Knowing exactly what ingredients are in your clothes
- 16 cups of water
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- A 5 oz. bar of Dr. Bronners soap (unscented or scented)
- Medium size pot for cooking
- Large pot for mixing
- Storage container
- Shave off the soap with the knife into the pot or use a cheese grater to grate the bar soap.
- Add 6 cups of water and heat slowly on medium heat until the soap pieces dissolve. Heat just under boiling or gentle boiling - do not let it boil over! Keep stirring to prevent the soap from bubbling over the top (about 15-20 minutes).
- Add in the washing soda and borax and stir until fully dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Pour this mixture into another larger pot or container. (The 2-gallon or 5-gallon buckets from the hardware store work great for this. Make sure they are clean and don't have an odor in them, though.)
- Add 10 more cups of water. Stir together. Let cool.
- Pour into your storage container and seal.
*Depending on a lot of factors, you may find that the finished laundry soap will gel a little bit. This will be perfectly fine and will not affect how it performs. Just give it a quick mix or shake it up before adding to the laundry as you do the loads.