Thursday, July 22, 2010

homemade detergent

seriously, this is so fun

i came across this recipe for homemade detergent months ago and printed it out. i remember being in the clutches of spring semester and thinking "i can't wait until the summer when i am only working two jobs and not taking any classes, so i can make homemade detergent!" since we are working towards having no packaged foods in the pantry, i have been trying to buy less packaging in general and finding alternatives to different products.

boil 4 cups of water in a pan and shave a whole bar of soap into it. (i used a bar of ivory soap.) stir it really well and be sure that the soap is entirely dissolved.

soda and borax sitting in a tree

pour three gallons of hot water into a five-gallon bucket. lowe's sells these or you can recycle a paint bucket. add the dissolved soap and water and stir. pour in a cup of washing soda and a half cup of borax.

berlin, the laundry inspector

stir well and let it stand overnight. berlin had to inspect this project to make sure i did it correctly.

homemade detergent

the detergent will turn gelatinous and look like real detergent. i added a few drops of essential geranium oil into the mixture. i have a front-loading washer and used just under a cup of detergent and it didn't get too sudsy at all.

the cost comes out to less than three pennies per load. how awesome is that?


Anonymous said...

How much detergent did you use in your front
load machine.

Marilyn said...

I have never made my own laundry detergent, but I do make all my other cleaning products. I think I'll try this!

Sis said...

I am SO doing this...

Gin said...

I love this!! I think I may try it too! Does it keep well? Anyway, I'll keep the recipe and see if I can find a bucket. :)

How ya doin' girlie girl?