I'm looking to cut costs any way I can, AND cut out unnecessary ingredients in ANYTHING. Lately, I got interested in making my own laundry detergent. So I got online and found a page FULL of different recipes. For my first try, I did the one below. This is a LIQUID/GEL version. You can also do a dry powder version or try any of the ten recipes found here: http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated) - I used ZOTE. Fels Naptha and Ivory are good ones, too.
2 cups Borax (also known as Boric Acid - Yes, the stuff you use to get rid of roaches! I know, it's weird, but boric acid is also a well-known detergent ingredient.)
2 cups Washing Soda (This may be a little harder to find. I found some on Amazon.com and at Walmart in a yellow box by Arm and Hammer.)
NOTE: You can make one gallon at a time if you like. I keep mine in a gallon jug. Boil about 3 cups water and add about 1/2-1 cup grated soap. Dissolve. Add your borax and washing soda and stir until dissolved.
Another tip: A load of laundry washed with this soap will sour more quickly. Be sure to switch clothes to the dryer within a couple hours of washing.
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