Monday, August 22, 2011

How to make homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

One of my old co-workers and friend recently did a picture how to on making laundry detergent.  I thought this sounded amazing. Mom would be running low on laundry detergent soon and I figured what a great thing to make from scratch.  So then I realized I could even write my next how to on it. So I purchased all the ingredients and set out to make this wonderful concoction. So yes my how to today is on homemade liquid laundry detergent, so don’t eat this one.
What you will need
Box of 20 Mule Team Borax – You need 1 cup 
Box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – You need 1/2 cup 
1 bar of ivory soap or any other type you wish to use. I used dove
TSP- trisodium phosphate – 1 tsp of this
large clean bucket - about 5 gal.
Now if you can’t find the ingredients, Google around for it, call places, usually Lowes will have it or any “organic” store. I got all mine online but I don’t recommend because you have to pay for shipping also make sure you get WASHING SODA not baking soda(Jungle Jims also has all these items….go figure). Also the TSP is optional but apparently helps to make your clothing nice and clean. And one last item. I was at Meijer yesterday and saw EVERYTHING except the TSP. It is right next to the laundry stuff.
Let’s get started!
Place 4 cups of water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile grate your bar of soap. Now don’t worry about using a grater, after all it is soap it’ll wash off. I used my mother’s food processer which scared the crap out of me because it was done grating in like 2 seconds. It was pretty amazing. Moving along. When your water is boiling add the soap and boil until it is all “dissolved”.
Now pull out that lovely bucket and pour in the soap mixture. Then add 44 cups or a little over 2 gal of water and mix in the other ingredients. Then let it sit for 24 hours at least, and make sure you cover it. Now this is supposed to gel…mine is still liquid, I suppose it has to do with the type of soap you use I hear that it is normal for it not to gel according to everything I read. So now to store it place it in any container with a lid, I used some old detergent bottles and an empty kitty litter bottle. Pretty smart eh! Okay also you only want to use 1/2 c. when adding it to your laundry or 1/4 c. for HE machines. Thanks to Nikki the amazing we can all use homemade laundry soap and save a buck! Trust me it works well and your clothes will be fine, you can still use fabric softener and everything. Also feel free to pre-treat your clothing and stuff if necessary. It’s just like regular old laundry soap! One last comment. Feel free to add scents to your detergent if you please. Ours smells like “ocean spring” whatever that is…Thanks again Nikki!!!
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