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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Laundry Detergent Recipe

I linked the laundry detergent recipe to a previous post ("Home Economics"), but it is kind of buried now.  So I figured I would repost the recipe.  I found this particular recipe at a website called "Living on a Dime."

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, grated
6 cups water
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
Heat 6 cups water and soap in a large pan until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Borax. Mix and heat until dissolved. Boil 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (It will have the consistency of honey.*) In a 3 or 5 gallon bucket, add 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap mixture. Mix. Add enough cold water to make a 2 gallon mixture. Mix until well blended. Let sit 24 hours. The soap will gel*. Use 1/2 cup for each load.
Makes 2 gallons. (Approximately $ .40 per gallon)

I also posted a few tips in another post.  Click HERE to go to the post with my helpful hints in making the laundry detergent.

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