A Facebook status from a friend sparked my interest, it read: boiling soap. I asked her, why she was boiling soap. She replied, “I’m making my laundry detergent” I was surprised and eager to learn more about do it yourself laundry detergent. She sent me a link with recipes of various forms to making the detergent, different measurements and methods but essentially with the same ingredients. I’ve heard of it before and read of people saving a lot of money doing this; however, never actually met someone who has done it and had real experience doing this.
I decided to go follow the link of recipes and tips she provided. It seemed pretty straight forward, and went with the recipe she usually does. It only requires four ingredients, water, borax, washing soda and soap bars.
That day I headed out to the store to gather the ingredients, which all are located in your cleaning supply isle at any store. The cost for the Borax was approximately $3.40 for almost a five pound box and the Washing Soda another $3.50 for four pounds, the soap bars were two for a dollar (you can use any dye or perfume free soap like Ivory or Dial).
First step is to grate the soap bars; you’ll need two cups added to a quart of boiling water, lower the heat and stir occasionally until soap melts. Have a large pail, bucket or container where you can hold 2 gallons of water, which will be the amount of the laundry detergent you will have once the process completed. Pour melted soap bars onto bucket; add two cups of borax, two cups of washing soda and two gallons of water. Stir until all ingredients are fully mixed, it will become a jelly like consistency.
Use a ¼ of a cup per load or more for bigger or heavily soiled laundry; make sure to stir homemade laundry detergent before each use.
I did laundry that day and my clothes came out very clean, as much or even more clean those name brand detergents. The benefits of making your own laundry detergent are many, one its very earth friendly. Since you are not buying detergent that comes in plastic bottles or other containers, you will be using the same container every time you make detergent; thus emphasizing on reusing and reducing waste. Second you will be having less perfume on your detergent which for many causes allergic reactions.
3rd you will be saving a lot of money; two gallons of detergent would be approximately $4.20. So next time you reach for that bottle of laundry detergent and if the price of $10.00 to $20.00; think about spending a slow Sunday afternoon making your own homemade laundry detergent and saving that extra money for a movie night or some other entertainment of your choice.