Steps to Make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

Introduction:

When you make your own homemade natural laundry detergent, it will save you money. The cost ends up being a few cents per load. It is good for the environment and for sensitive skin. It is much better on septic systems than regular laundry detergents. You can make a dry or liquid form.

  • 01

    Gather the Ingredients

    The ingredients for the homemade natural laundry detergent can be purchased in the laundry section of a grocery store. You will need Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda), 20 Mule Team Borax laundry booster and 2 bars Fels Naptha Soap. Some people like to use two bars of Ivory Soap instead of the Fels Naptha. Either type works fine. You will also need an air tight container or some zip lock plastic bags (quart to gallon size). You will need a five gallon bucket for the liquid recipe.

  • 02

    Grate Up Bars of Soap

    To make the natural laundry detergent, take a cheese grater and grate up the two bars of soap. It is more difficult to grate up the bars of Fels Naptha than the bars of Ivory. For that reason, some individuals will use their food processor instead. Wash the grater or food processor thoroughly after using them so that future food items do not get contaminated.

  • 03

    Measure Ingredients For Dry Laundry Soap

    The homemade natural laundry detergent in the dry form calls for one cup of the Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda and one cup of the 20 Mule Team Borax. Put all of the ingredients, including the grated soap bars, into an air tight container or plastic bag. Shake it all up until it is entirely mixed. A little bit of this will go a long way, so you will not need to make this often. Do not expect to see a lot of suds when washing with this.

  • 04

    Liquid Laundry Detergent Variation

    The natural laundry detergent can be made in liquid form by using the same ingredients but in different measurements. Only grate up one bar of soap. Heat up four cups of water and add the grated soap. Stir it until the soap-pieces are dissolved. Next fill a five gallon bucket half way up with hot tap water and add the melted soap. Stir it while adding one cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda and a half-cup of 20 Mule Team Borax. Fill the rest of the bucket with more hot tap water. Stir once more and then cover the bucket and let it sit over night. To make it more convenient to use, wash out empty one gallon milk containers and fill them with the natural laundry detergent. Add more hot water if it gels too much.

  • 05

    Start Washing Clothes

    Use the homemade natural laundry detergent sparingly. It is suggested that you use about 1/8 cup per load when using the dry type. You may need a little more or less depending on how soiled your clothes are and if you have a water softener in your home. When you wash delicates or single items, you may only need to use one tablespoon. The liquid form works better in cold water because the dry form is more difficult to dissolve in cooler temperatures. The liquid form calls for 5/8 of a cup per load in a top loading washing machine and about one quarter-cup for a front-loader washing machine.




Final Thoughts

Some people like to scent their natural laundry detergent by adding essential oils to the liquid form. It takes about 6 drops for every gallon. Go entirely green and natural by filling your rinse dispenser with white vinegar.


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Comments

  • jseven 3/14/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've done this and it's cheaper for sure. :)

  • IzzyDuncan 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great suggestions, especially with laundry detergent now on the same inflationary trend as gold!

  • snowfence 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great tips on making natural laundry detergent. H5 and like!

  • clewand550 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent steps for making laundry detergent. Well done list.

  • penelope7 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    My mother used to do similar things and it worked - it had to with a big family. I will used these guidelines. H5

  • 4dogday 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've never tried the dry but I've made the liquid. Grating the soap is what took me the longest!

  • litetender 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Another nice thing about this is that it doesn't foam too much for the newer washing machines ... it works with those, too!

  • goodselfme 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Natural laundry detergent is so economical and good for the environment. Thank you for the renewal recipe that I needed to use since I lost mine a few months ago. I am still using the batch I made up over 6 months ago since I live by myself and have little laundry.You are right about the Fels Naptha is difficult to grate, but well worth the effort.Results of this recipe are great.

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