A few weeks ago I mentioned making an inexpensive powdered laundry detergent, since it is very tough on stains, it could be difficult on people with sensitive skin and on the environment, since it gets into our water systems. For an eco-friendly, gentle, alternative I have a homemade liquid laundry detergent, that costs around $7 to make and can be used in 64 loads.
- 1 bar soap (Any kind, but “Tom’s Natural Soap” and “Ivory” are good natural choices.)
- 1 box of Borax
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda
- A pot that holds at least 3 gallons (I use a 4 gallon canning pot.)
- A grater
- A funnel
- A long Spoon
- 2 empty gallon jugs/containers
- Grate bar of soap.
- Pour 1 gallon of water into pot.
- Cook until grated soap is dissolved.
- Add washing soda and Borax.
- Bring water to boil. The liquid will coagulate.
- Turn off heat.
- Add 1 gallon of cold water.
- Stir well.
- Using funnel, pour 1 gallon of detergent into each container.
- Use 1/2 cup per load.
Hint: You might need to stir the liquid laundry detergent before using.Google+