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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Okay, I have to say that I was a bit skeptical of the whole “homemade” laundry detergent.  A few weeks ago I posted about being a Domestic Diva and seeing what you can make yourself for around your house.  Laundry detergent was at the top of my “must try” list.  I’m not exactly sure why, but I just wanted to see if I could make it and if it really worked.

I finally ran out of my regular detergent so I figured it was time to try this stuff out.  I bought all the ingredients and got to work.  I have to say I think I enjoyed this process a little too much.  I mean, who likes making their own laundry detergent…there must be something wrong with me.  After I had it ready I gave it a try…and to my surprise IT WORKED GREAT!!!  I haven’t noticed a difference at all.  My clothes are clean, and my clothes still smell the same (thanks to my liquid fabric softener).  The recipe made up so much that I filled two of my old laundry bottles:After researching many different recipes, I decided to go with a recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee.  I have found that she has done her due diligence in research for not only laundry detergents but also stain removers (which is my next thing to make).  Plus the fact that she gave me a step by step guide!

So Here’s my process in making laundry detergent for only a few dollars!


Yep, that is it!  I was not familiar with Fels Naptha Soap, but it can be found in the laundry aisle along with the Washing Soda (please do not confuse this with baking soda, it is different).

My process:

  1. First I grated the Fels Naptha bar of soap with my hand-held grater.
  2. I placed the shavings into my 4 quart saucepan and added water until it was half full.
  3. Next I melted the shavings of soap with the water until they were combined fully (on medium/low heat, I read somewhere that you do not want it to boil because it will boil over quickly).
  4. Then I added the 1 cup of Borax and the 1 cup of Washing Soda.  I cooked it long enough to make sure it was combined and a smooth like texture.
  5. I then pulled out my 5 gallon bucket and headed to my laundry room sink.  I put the bucket inside the sink and then poured my washing mixture into the bucket.
  6. I marked where the laundry detergent came to in the bucket and then I added the same amount of hot water to it. (making what you had doubled).
  7. Stir, Stir, Stir, Stir,Stir, Stir, Stir, Stir.
  8. Then I left it.
  9. Let it sit overnight and the next day when you revisit your mixture it will look congealed….or like Slime!
  10. Now you can Stir, Stir, Stir, Stir,Stir, Stir, Stir, Stir some more.  Basically you are loosening up your mixture.
  11. Add more hot water doubling your batch again (you can mark the bucket again to help).
  12. This is where I took an extra step that I read in someone else’s blog.  The laundry detergent will be very clumpy so I took my hand-held blender (like the ones you make milkshakes with or puree soup with) and went to town on the stuff.  This helped to get all the blobs and clumps out and get the mixture smooth to make it flow easier out of my old laundry detergent bottles.
  13. Then I filled my bottles with a funnel and voila’, I was done! 

I haven’t had any troubles with this homemade soap with my HE washer.  One Good Thing by Jillee says

“HE front-load washers require low suds soap. Because they use less water, they require soap that is less sudsy. The good news is, this homemade detergent is VERY low suds. So it is my PERSONAL opinion that you should be able to use this in HE washers with confidence. But I am NOT an expert. :-)One Good Thing by Jillee
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