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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Published on Oct 28, 2011

Making Laundry Detergent at Home.

Today's topic is a little off-topic so I am posting it for Wildcard Friday.

I have a long time friend that showed how to make laundry detergent on her blog - Thy Hand Hath Provided.

http://www.thyhandhathprovided.com

Check out her blog she writes about homestead and living simply. It's really cool and I really like it. She give great advice.

The thing that really interested me about Homemade Laundry Detergent was how much money you can save. This mix makes 5 gallons of concentrated solution which is 10 gallons unconcentrated. The cost per load is about 0.5 to 1 cent per load.

Ingredients
1/2 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap Bar

Step #1 - Grate the laundry soap bar
Step #2 - Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
Step #3 - Add grated laundry soap to boiling water and Heat over medium high heat while stirring occasionally until the soap has melted completely.
Step #4 - Fill 5 gallon Bucket half full with hot tap water
Step #5 - Add bar soap solution to the bucket along with the borax and washing soda. Stir until fully dissolved.
Step #6 - Fill 5 gallon pale to top with hot tap water and stir again.
Step #7 - Cover tightly with the lid and let sit overnight to thicken.
Step #8 - Open the bucket and the mixture will gel on the top. Stir again.
Step #9 - Fill old laundry detergent bottles half full with Homemade detergent and fill to top with water.
Step #10 - Use 1/4 cup per load for a front loading machine or 5/8 cup per load for a top loading machine.
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