- Homemade laundry detergent
- This detergent is safe for the newer HE washers, as it is very low suds.
- 1/2 Cup: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (do not use baking soda)
- 1/2 Cup: Borax
- 1/3 Bar of ZOTE
- 1/4 Cup of your favourite fragrance oil if you want it to smell super good (optional)
- Bucket (I use a 5 gallon I got free at fast food place, so I have plenty of room for mixing)
- Empty laundry detergent containers or bucket with lid to store detergent.
- I pour what I need into an empty detergent bottle, then refill from the bucket as needed.
Grate 1/3 bar of ZOTE Soap over large pot or saucepan…
- Add 6 cups of Water.
- Heat over medium-high until soap dissolves and melts.
- Add Washing Soda & Borax, and stir until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Pour 4 cups Hot Water into bucket, then add Soap Mixture.
- Stir, then add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups of additional water. Stir.
- I use my stick blender to make sure it’s all mixed well.
- Transfer to a bucket with a lid, or pour into empty laundry detergent containers.
- Set aside, and let it sit overnight, or up to 24 hours, to thicken and gel up.
- Consistency and color will vary depending on your soap & water ~ it may be lumpy and watery… kind of like a watery gel, but it works great!
Stir or shake before each use, as it will continue to gel. I keep a long handle spoon or stick blender (I have 2) in my laundry room, so I can stir as needed
I use about 1/3 cup of detergent per load. If I need to, I add liquid bleach in the normal amount (for whites) or oxy for colours.
- Borax, 76 oz. box ~ $3.14 at Wal-Mart or Winco
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 55 oz. box ~ 3.42 at Walmart and 3.14 at Winco
- Zote ~ $.97 at Walmart and Fels Naptha was $.97 at Winco
- About 2 gallons for around 1.00 at these prices.
Your prices will vary according to where you live and what store you shop.
I don’t like all the chemicals in it, so I use ZOTE. You can also use a bar of ivory soap, but will need to use the ENTIRE bar.
Look for my post on homemade fabric softener