Home Made LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Recipe Rating:
 14 Ratings
Serves: Makes 2 Gallons - DO NOT EAT
Prep Time:
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Ingredients

1 c borax
1 c arm & hammer super washing soda
1/2 c shredded ivory soap
1/2 c shredded pink zote soap
30 c water

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Gina Sprenkel Recipe
Lightly Salted
Houston, TX (pop. 2.1M)
GinaSprenkel
Member Since Oct 2010
Gina's notes for this recipe:
My brother's family of 4 came to live with us for over a year, and I wanted to lessen our laundry expenses and discovered making homemade liquid laundry soap. To my surprise, I love it more than store-bought detergent! No need for bleach, fabric softener, and our drain pipes love it, too! Quick and easy to make, and so economical!
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Directions

1
Shred your Ivory soap, and Shred your Pink Zote soap...keep them separate. Do NOT mash the soap into a measuring cup. Keep the shreds fluffy, so they will melt more easily. 1/2 cup will be about half of what you grated...or will be equivalent to a nice mound in the cup of your hand.
2
Put 4 cups water into a pot on stove. Add Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda - you will find this in the laundry aisle at your grocery store, Walmart, or a hardware store), shredded Ivory soap, shredded pink Zote. Stir continually over medium heat until all soap is completely dissolved.
3
In a 2-gallon plastic container, add 8 cups of hot tap water, then add the soap mixture from the pot and stir together. Add 18 more cups of hot water. Stir.
4
Cover with plastic lid (I use a 2-gallon bucket from Home Depot. The extra large Tupperware bowl can also work.) Let sit 24 hours, and keep the lid on it the entire time.
5
After 24 hours, the liquid will be a runny gel. Some hardened soap-like pieces may float to the top - discard them. Stir the liquid gel. Your soap is ready. Use 1/2 cup - or a regular liquid detergent lid.
6
This soap will not be sudsy - but, your pipes will love you, and your laundry will be clean and fresh.

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user nancy carlson mom2347 - Dec 28, 2010
Thanks! I just ran out of liquid laundry soap. I think I'll try this instead.
user Carole F BakersQueen - Dec 28, 2010
Gotta ask this....What is pink Zote Soap...never heard of it here in Michigan?

I am passing this on to my daughters...they have large families..it will come in handy for them to try.
user Zoe Barnard gardenladyzoe - Dec 28, 2010
Is this detergent safe to use in front-loading washers?
user Peggi Anne Tebben cookiequeen - Dec 28, 2010
Gina, what is arm & hammer super washing soda, & pink zote soap? never heard of either.
user Peggi Anne Tebben cookiequeen - Dec 28, 2010
Also, haven't seen borax in years, not that I've been loooking for it, but where did you find it?

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