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Looking for a simple homemade laundry detergent that will actually get your clothes clean? This basic recipe only needs 3 ingredients and will keep your clothing fresh and tidy.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
This is a very simple and basic, yet effective way to make homemade laundry detergent. If you are looking for something very frugal, this detergent will cost about $0.02 per load without the addition of essential oils.
My husband works around black rubber dust all day and this is the recipe that we use to keep our clothing clean. As you can imagine, if it can clean rubber dust out of clothing, it can clean just about anything!
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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 bar of Bar Soap(such as Ivory)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
- Essential Oils (optional)
How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
Step 1: Grate the soap and put it in a saucepan.
Step 2: Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.
Step 3: Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat.
Step 4: Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir.
Step 5: Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Add in a few drops of essential oils such as lemongrass if desired. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.
If you feel that you need some kind of fabric softener, just add a bit of vinegar to your clothing in the softener part of your washing machine. Again, you could add a few drops of essential oils to that as well.
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If you are looking for a more detailed recipe (that does not contain any borax), you can find one in my daughter’s book: Little House Living – The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self Sufficient Life. She also has a wonderful recipe for a Homemade Stain Stick and some other great DIY laundry products.
This recipe might seem simple, but it’s effective and will get your clothing clean, that’s what counts! To extend the life of your clothing, it can be good to alternate a homemade laundry detergent like this one with some kind of store-bought detergent. This can help to ensure that your clothes are getting clean and that no buildup of any kind of soap will occur on the clothing.
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Have you ever make homemade laundry detergent? Did you make this recipe or do you add anything else to your homemade detergent recipe?
This article about Homemade Laundry Detergent was originally published on Little House Living in October 2009. It has been updated as of December 2018.