Friday, November 14, 2008

Homemade Laundry Detergent

We have been making this laundry detergent for almost a year now, and really like it. You are probably wondering why in the world we make our own laundry detergent. Well, one of the reasons is the cost. Homemade is cheaper than buying from the store. Another reason is that when you make your own, you can avoid chemicals that are in commercial laundry detergent. We use our washing machine water to water our yard and trees, and sometimes use it on our garden. We do not want to be putting chemicals into our soil, and possibly into our food that we are growing. This recipe makes a no suds detergent which is perfect for the high-efficiency front loading washing machines. Grating the soap does take some time but we think it is worth the effort. Do not buy any soap but the Fells Naptha. Other types do not work. We buy it at Krogers.

Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 cup grated Fells Naptha Laundry bar soap
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light loads use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons.

For more frugal tips go to Biblical Womanhood.

1 comment:

Ira said...

A low cost, green eco friendly, healthy natural way to make a homemade detergent is from soapberry which grows on the Chinaberry tree and has been used for thousands of years. It works very effectively.