Homemade Laundry Detergent
For about 5 lbs, you'll need:
1 lb 10 oz box washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate
2 lb box of baking soda
2 14 oz bars of laundry bar soap
I found the 1 lb 10 oz box of washing soda on sale for $1.29. The directions said to add 1 tsp to an ordinary wash, so I figured using the whole box for this little experiment would work just fine.
The 2 lb box of baking soda was $1.99.
Two 14 oz bars of laundry soap was 89 cents each. Almost every recipe had the Zote brand, I just figured I'd be contrary and add Lirio to the mix. Ivory soap would work as well.
Grate the bars of laundry soap.
Add both boxes of baking soda and washing soda. I dumped everything into double-bagged plastic bags. Shook it up. Then dumped it into my empty container of laundry detergent.
I found the laundry soap a bit harsh on my hands and clothes. My skin peeled a bit after the grating. My clothes seemed a bit more worn. It doesn't clean as well as my usual Arm & Hammer store detergent. Not that my clothes are terribly stained, just that I've been using the Shout a bit more. I used 1/4 to 1/2 cup of detergent per load of wash. On the upside, the $5 I spent to make my own detergent lasted about 5 months.
My pocketbook likes that.
Who else made their own laundry detergent?
Angry Asian Creations used a gentle castile or glycerine soap, Borax, and lavender essential oil.
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