I have been wanting to try a homemade laundry detergent for awhile. About a month ago, I found a recipe that I decided was a must try. I have been waiting to blog about it, because I wanted to see how well it worked first. I love that this is not a 5 gallon bucket recipe that I would have to store in my small laundry room. Who has extra room for that? This is a concentrated recipe that is more of a cream and it only takes 1-2 Tablespoons per load! It also makes two 1 quart jars, which I have room for!
The recipe I used was from a post on Budget101.
1 Fels Naptha Bar
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Mule Borax
4 cups water
2 1 quart mason jars with lids
Grate the Fels Naptha bar with a cheese grater.
Melt soap and water over medium heat, stirring constantly. This should take about 15 minutes or so. Make sure it dissolved completely before the next step.
Mix the Borax and Washing Soda in a bowl.
Remove from heat and stir in the Borax and Washing Soda mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Pour equal amounts into two 1 quart jars. Then fill with water to about 1 1/2 inches from the top.
After securing the lids, set them upside down and set a timer for 4 hours to let the detergent set up.
This is what your detergent should look like after the four hours is up.
Use a spoon to push the white part down and attach the blade of your blender to the jar as shown in the picture. I had no idea you could do this!
Blend until the detergent gets nice and creamy.
Do the same to the other jar and here is the final product.
I even slapped a label on it to make it look legit!
Run the water and scoop Tablespoon of the cream letting the water run over the spoon as it fills. Toss the clothes in and you are on your way to some clean clothes!