How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

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Some people make their own laundry detergent to save money, while others want to avoid the additives found in many commercial products. Whatever the reason, homemade laundry soap takes only three ingredients: bar soap, washing powder and powdered borax. Most supermarkets carry all three of these items. You can use either commercial or homemade bar soap. Castile soaps, made from olive oil, or commercial laundry bar soaps make good choices for homemade laundry detergent.

Things You'll Need

  • Food processor with fine grating blade
  • 1/2 bar of soap
  • Bowl, 1-quart size
  • 1/2 cup powdered borax
  • 1/2 cup washing powder
  • Kitchen spoon
  • Storage container with lid, 1-quart size
  • Cooking pot, 1-gallon size
  • 1 and 1/2 gallons water
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Container with lid, 2-gallon size

Dry Laundry Soap

  • Set up the food processor with the fine grating blade. Place the 1/2 bar of soap into the feed chute and finely grate the soap.

  • Pour the grated soap into a 1-quart bowl. Add 1/2 cup powdered borax and 1/2 cup washing soda.

  • Stir the ingredients with a spoon. Pour the mixture into a 1-quart container and seal it with a lid.

  • Measure out 2 tablespoons for each load of laundry. Put the laundry detergent in the washing machine as it fills with water. Add the laundry last.

Liquid Laundry Soap

  • Set up the food processor with the fine grating blade. Place the 1/2 bar of soap into the feed chute and finely grate the soap.

  • Pour the grated soap into a 1-gallon cooking pot. Add 1 quart of water

  • Heat the soap and water over medium heat, stirring with a long spoon occasionally, until the soap melts and mixes with the water. Depending on the soap, it may dissolve completely or resemble egg drop soup.

  • Pour the melted soap mixture into a 2-gallon container. Use care when pouring the heated mixture. Add 1 quart of warm water to the mixture and stir.

  • Add 1/2 cup powdered borax and 1/2 cup washing powder to the 2-gallon container. Stir the mixture with a long spoon. Add a gallon of cold water and stir again. When the mixture cools, cover the container with a lid and wait 24 hours before first use.

  • Stir the mixture before each use. Use 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid for each load of laundry, adding it to the machine before adding water and laundry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to increase the amount of laundry detergent you use per load if you have very hard water.
  • You can make larger batches by doubling or tripling the ingredients and using larger storage containers.
  • These low-sudsing detergents are appropriate for use in high-efficiency washing machines. However, you may want to contact the manufacturer of your high-efficiency washing machine to make sure using a homemade laundry detergent won't void any warranties.
  • Clean the food processor thoroughly before using it again with food. You can clean soap residue off the blades by pouring a cup of water in the food hopper and running the processor for a few seconds. Dump the soapy water and repeat until the blades are clean.

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