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Liquid Laundry Detergent

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Quit throwing money down the drain, literally. Easy to make and wonderful to use. Makes enough detergent for my family to last 3 months or approximately 160 loads. One recipe of this costs about $2.40 in my area and you have enough leftover borax and soda that you can purchase 5 more bars of soap and make 5 more recipes. So for a total of about $15.00 you get six 5-gallon buckets of detergent. What a money-saver!

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts Water
  • 1 bar (5.5 Oz. Bar) Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, Grated
  • ½ cups 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)

Preparation

You will also need a 5-gallon bucket with a lid, and enough water to finish filling the bucket.

Pour the 2 quarts of water into a saucepan. Put the heat on low. Add the grated Fels Naptha soap and let simmer till the soap is melted.

While the soap is melting, fill the bucket half full with warm water. Add the borax and washing soda. Stir well. When soap is melted, add to the mixture in the bucket and stir. Finish filling the bucket full with warm water. Let the mixture set overnight and it will thicken. In the morning, stir the mixture till well blended. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the concentrate straight out of the bucket for regular size loads. You may have to stir the mixture occasionally before use. For my family, this lasts 3 months. If you have extra dirty clothes, add a little more concentrate. The Fels Naptha soap is an old laundry bar and can be used as a spot remover.

This does not lather up or smell fragrant. You can add fragrance and/or something to make it produce suds if desired. It just smells clean.

People have asked about the HE machines. I am not sure about this as I don’t have one, but you don’t have to use much per load.

Use old utensils when making this, something that you will not be using for cooking or grating.

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Lindsey on 4.14.2013

honeycrisp is correct about the low to no suds for an HE washer. So it’s completely safe.
I’ve been using a powdered homemade mix, but this sounds like it’ll save me even more money. I seem to prefer using a liquid for detergent anyway. I look forward to trying this when my powdered formula eventually runs out!

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Carla P on 1.13.2012

Update….I now believe you can find all the ingredients I have listed at WalMart, or atleast you can the one I shop at.
Also I made this the last time and forgot to add the borox and washing soda to my 5 gallon bucket. The next day it was like a bucket of snot. Sorry. I mixed my borax and washing soda into a warm quart of water and added it to the bucket, still has been like snot. I don’t know what that combo did, but won’t. ever. do. it. again. Still works fine, just don’t like the texture.

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honeycrisp on 1.12.2012

I’ve used this in two HE machines with great success. The main thing for HE machines is the low suds-ing and this works terrific. I feel so rich after making a large batch and counting the dollars I’ve saved. My hubby bought a paint stirrer drill attachment to handle the mixing which works beautifully. 40 more gallons tomorrow!

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Carla P on 1.1.2012

@Kim Ellis….My recipe makes 5 gallons of what I call the ‘concentrate. In th original recipe it says to put the concentrate half full in a separaate bottle and then fill the other half with water…which would end up making a total of ten gallons. I just skip that step an use less of the concentrate, thus I get only 5 gallons, but still get the same number of washings. I just don’t have the room in my laundry for one more item so it keeps me from going through that step. Thanks for the input!

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Carla P on 4.14.2011

Cylina, I’ve got a neice that ha the HE and she uses it. You don’t use much of this detergent and it doesn’t suds. I have the old type machines, so I can’t speak from experience. Maybe you could try it and see.

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honeycrisp on 1.12.2012

Making my 3rd batch. Tomorrow I will make 40 gallons (eight 5 gal buckets). I’ll give half away and everyone I’ve given it to has been very happy and well dressed :)

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Kim Ellis on 1.1.2012

I have been making this for years. It works great in a front loader. FYI- the amount in your recipe actually makes 10 gallons. I use a 1/2 recipe and it makes a five gallon bucket.

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Leslie on 7.16.2011

This is GREAT! I made a half batch (cost about $1) and have used it on several loads in my HE washing machine. I really think this soap is getting my clothes cleaner than store-bought.

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love2stamp on 2.20.2011

I made this last week and have had great results with it. Very easy to make and cheap to purchase the ingredients. I did grate the soap in my food processor since it can go in the dishwasher. I will be making this from now on! Thanks for the great recipe.

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