February 3, 2013

Laundry Detergent

I know there are a ton of different homemade laundry detergent recipes out there. (Thank you Pinterest) I tried the powder and was not impressed. (My less than stellar washing machine may have played a role)

A lady in moms group I belong to shared this liquid detergent recipe and I have been using for months now. It works great and the cost savings is AMAZING!!!

The first time I made this recipe, I wasn't sure I was doing it right but I assure you, you can't really mess this up.

I have a homemade fabric softener recipe I'll share too.

Laundry Detergent:
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/3 bar Felts Naptha (grated or chopped finely in food processor)

In saucepan mix grated Felts Naptha and 6 cups of water. Heat on LOW until soap is melted (do NOT bring to a boil)
After soap is melted in water, add borax and washing soda. Stir until dissolved.

Pour mixture into large bucket or container. (I use a dish pan) Add 4 cups of hot tap water and stir well. This is also the time you can add a few drops of essential oils for scent (I added lavender oil to my most recent batch)

Stir in 1 gallon plus 6 cups hot tap water. Let mixture sit overnight.

The mixture sort of gels as it sits. I stir it then break it up with a hand mixer before pouring it into my storage containers (which are an old laundry detergent bottle and a well-rinsed milk jug). A hand blender would also work well to sort of emulsify the detergent before storing it.

Use 1/2 cup detergent per load and ENJOY all the $$ you'll save.

Note: This recipe is safe for he washers too.

Fabric Softener:
6 cups HOT water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner (this smells the most like laundry to me but I also have used V09 Lavender something or other because it was cheaper)

Dissolve conditioner completely in hot water. Add vinegar. Stir well and store in a container of your choice.

Use 2-3 tbsp per load of laundry in Downy Ball or Fabric Softener spot in washer.

Happy Washing Everyone!!!

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