DIY Laundry Detergent

So, yesterday I talked all about DIY room refreshers… today it’s all moved to the laundry room. Yeah, we went Little House on the Prairie and totally made our own laundry detergent.

detergentOh, I know it looks fancy.

David’s sister Judith (who, by the way, blogs over here) has been making her own soap for her family for a while now, and David got bitten by the bug. He ordered all the “ingredients” off of Amazon, and got to making the brew over the weekend.

The making-of process takes a full 24 hours. A low-stress, totally hands-off 24 hours.

  • 1 bar natural soap (we used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender scent)
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 5 gallons water (give or take)
  • Large pot
  • 5 gallon bucket (washed out!)
  • Essential oils (we used Bergamot and Lavender!)
  1. We start at the kind-of weird beginning. Take a cheese grater and grate your bar of soap until it looks like parmesan cheese.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and boil. Add the soap a little at a time and boil until everything is dissolved.
  3. In the bucket, mix together 4 gallons of water, washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved.  Add the water/soap mixture, and stir until combined.
  4. Cover the bucket and set aside for at least 24 hours. The mixture will eventually solidify and combine, leaving you with soap!
After 24 hours, you’re going to have 5 gallons of laundry soap *concentrate*. In order to use, dilute the soap by half with water, and use 1/2 cup of the diluted solution per load.
In order to have better access to our soap, we punched a hole in the lid of a mason jar and inserted a pump.
We’ve literally been using a shot glass to measure out the soap for our washer!  We aren’t the cocktail Friday house for nothing.  We’ve been scenting each individual jar of soap with drops of essential oil.


Have you ever tried to make your own soap?

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