We use a ton of laundry soap. In order to save cash I jumped on the DIY bandwagon and started experimenting with homemade laundry detergent recipes.
I tried the liquid version, but honestly, unless you have a large pantry or closet where you can store a 5 gallon bucket it’s just too bulky. Next up was the powdered version but it was messy and I still found myself using a lot of detergent.
Finally, I found this recipe, and have been using it for months. It’s dirt cheap and concentrated so 1-2 tablespoons per load is enough (score!). It’s a whipped consistency so no messy powder all over the floor or in between the washer and dryer. Best of all, it’s concentrated that it can be stored in a few small mason jars (no giant pantry necessary!).
- 1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda!)
- 2 quart mason jars with lids
- Blender with a base piece that can screw on to a mason jar.
Grate entire bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap and set aside.
In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil. While the water is heating heating, combine the Borax and washing soda in a bowl, mixing well, set aside.
Add grated Fels Naptha to boiling water, stirring constantly until dissolved (approximately 10-15 minutes) and reduce heat to medium. Tip: if you still feel grit at the end of 15 minutes, your heat wasn’t high enough. Remove from heat and add Borax and washing soda, stirring until combined (3-5) minutes.
Pour equal amounts of soap liquid into mason jars and top them off with water. Make sure you leave a few inches of head space. Add lips and rings and store, upside down for a minimum of 4/5 hours. Note: you will see layers form, this is normal. Flip over, and remove lids. Now it’s time to blend and you won’t believe how easy it is to do by using this simple mason jar blender hack. Take a peek at this video.
f you don’t have mason jars or a blender, pour the contents of your jar into a bowl and using a hand mixer, whip ingredients until fluffy. Transfer ingredients to mason jar and store until needed.
Volia, you’re done! Use 1 tablespoon of soap mix for any type of washing machine. Do not add the detergent to the “detergent compartment” but instead directly with the dirty clothes.
Note: If you would like scented laundry soap you can add essential oils (5-6 drops) before blending.
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