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laundry detergent

(4 ratings)
Recipe by
Nicole Bredeweg
West Olive, MI

This really IS laundry detergent -- it's not food. Friends of mine wanted to cheapen their grocery bill AND eliminate some of the allergic reactions to the sale-of-the-week detergents, so they researched how to make their own laundry detergent. For whatever reason, Dial and Dove don't seem to work very well. . .

(4 ratings)
yield 50 loads
method Blend

Ingredients For laundry detergent

  • 3 gal
    hot water
  • 1/2 c
    washing soda
  • 1/2 c
  • 1
    bar of soap

How To Make laundry detergent

  • 1
    Mix water, washing soda, and Borax in a 5-gallon bucket.
  • 2
    In a 2-quart pan, shred bar of soap. Fill with water. Heat, but don't boil, until soap is dissolved.
  • 3
    Add to 5-gallon bucket. Mix and let sit overnight until cool.
  • 4
    Use one cup per load, or as appropriate.