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Homemade Laundry Detergent

By Edited Sep 12, 2016 1 2

Homemade laundry detergent is actually very easy to make. You can make either powdered detergent or liquid laundry detergent depending on what you prefer. Both types are equally easy to make and are efficient cleaning detergents. There are also other benefits to homemade laundry detergent versus store bought such as there are no chemical names you can't pronounce, no unwanted perfumes or scents and it is much less expensive to make your own. It is gentle enough for you to use as a baby laundry detergent. This is also a hypoallergenic laundry detergent so people with sensitive skin or skin allergies can use it. Even though it is gentle on your skin it is tough on dirt and grime.

To make Liquid Laundry Detergent

You will need:

3 cups of soap flakes - You can use finely grated castile soap or scent free soap flakes

1 1/2 cups of Arm & Hammer washing soda - available in grocery stores

1 1/2 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax

1/4 cup of glycerin - available in pharmacies

6 cups of hot water

In a bucket: add hot water and soap flakes or grated castile soap, gently stir to dissolve. Add in washing soda, 20 Mule Team Borax and glycerin.

Mix all ingredients well.

Optional: add 3 to 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil or any scent you like, to your homemade laundry detergent.

How To Use Liquid Laundry Detergent:

Use 1/2 of a cup per load of laundry

Use 3/4 to 1 cup of laundry detergent for heavily soiled laundry

Stir before each use. It is normal for the liquid laundry detergent to separate.

This homemade laundry detergent can be used in cold, warm or hot water.

Double, triple or quadruple this liquid laundry detergent recipe if you do a lot of laundry.

Store Liquid Laundry detergent in a lidded container.

Mark all ingredients on the outside of the container.

To Make Powdered Homemade Laundry Detergent:

You will need:

6 cups of finely grated castile soap or store bought soap flakes free of scent

3 cups of Arm & Hammer washing soda

3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax

In a tightly lidded plastic container, add all ingredients, put lid on securely and shake vigorously to mix thoroughly.

How To Use Powdered Homemade Laundry Detergent:

Use 1/2 of a cup per load of laundry

Use 3/4 of a cup for heavily soiled laundry

Store laundry detergent in a tightly lidded container to prevent clumping.

Clearly label all ingredients on the outside of the container.

This powdered laundry detergent is also a hypoallergenic laundry detergent and is gentle enough to be used as a baby laundry detergent.

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Comments

Feb 27, 2010 5:26pm
JHKersey
Great article on how to make homemade laundry detergent.
Jun 4, 2011 6:28am
xlorah
Nice job. I use the powdered kind and for me and hubby it works nice.
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