How to make Laundry Detergent
Frugal aficionados everywhere are constantly looking to save money from any facet imaginable. They will seek all types of money saving venues including how to make laundry detergent frugally. With the ever inflating price of store bought laundry soap, the practicality of savings makes perfect sense. By taking the steps necessary to make laundry detergent one can instantly being to see the savings.
The detergent is very high quality, and washes clothing wonderfully. It removes stains, smells fantastic, and only costs pennies a load to use. It works on any type of clothing or material that you would commonly use in a home washing machine. It will also leave clothing feeling soft, clean, and smelling great. This detergent is the perfect solution for anybody who is tired of investing in costly detergent at the store.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients
You will need a bar of Ivory or Fels Naptha soap, water, borax, and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. The washing soda is not baking soda and can be found in the laundry department usually at Kroger stores.
Steps to Make Laundry Detergent
You must first grate the bar of soap and add to a large pan along with the water. Stir this mixture continually over a medium to medium low heat until soap dissolves and melts. Fels Naptha has an excellent fragrance and will make your laundry smell absolutely wonderful! It is also an excellent stain removing soap that has been in use for many decades. This will greatly enhance your homemade detergent over a common bar of soap.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot tap water. Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda, and borax. Stir this mixture well until all powder is dissolved and can no longer be seen. Fill the bucket all the way up to top with hot tap water. Once again stir this mixture for a bit and cover. Let the mixture stand overnight so that it will thicken. This is a pretty amazing thing to see happen because the homemade laundry detergent mixture will look like a liquid at first, but soon you'll be witness to an anomaly, and the liquid over night will turn into a rubbery gel. The gel will not look like a liquid but more of something solid and rubber like, but weak. It will smell absolutely wonderful!
Fill a used and clean laundry soap dispenser half full with the homemade laundry detergent gel and then fill the rest of the container will water. Shake the now full bottle of liquid laundry detergent well and also shake before each use. If the detergent has globs in it, they will most often break up during the laundry process as it gets agitated. Please remember, that this is not an exact Science. You may also add fragrances such as essential oil to make the homemade laundry detergent have the fragrance that you wish.
This recipe makes an entire 10 gallons of homemade laundry detergent for under $2.00. When you consider the price of much smaller bottles and boxes of laundry detergent at the store, then consider this recipe yields 10 gallons, you can appreciate the savings. This can save you a lot of money through the years to the tune of thousands of dollars because you won't need to ever buy laundry detergent again. This works for both top load and front load washers. Use 1/4 cup in a front load washer and 1/3 cup in a top load washer.
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