Homemade Laundry Detergent Liquid (my version)

  • 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.

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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.

Cost?

  • 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.

Some people use Fels Naptha.Image

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.

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Look for my post on homemade fabric softener