With the cost of everything skyrocketing, it just makes sense to save money by using DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent. I recently read that average American family of four (two adults and two youth) will do an astounding 300 loads of laundry every year! Just imagine that cost if you are purchasing retail laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Why not save and have some of the cleanest laundry where you control the fragrance, strength and more for just pennies a load?
What you need:
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
- 5.5oz Fels-Naptha Soap (you can also use Zote or castile soap – about the same amount, you don’t have to be exactly precise)
- 5 gallon bucket
First, you grate up your Fels-Naptha soap. Or you can substitute Zote brand
Add the grated soap to a pot with 4 cups of hot water. Put the heat on medium-high, and stir until completely melted – about 10 minutes.
Fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water. Pour in the melted soap mixture.
Then, stir in 1 cup of borax & 1 cup of washing soda.
If you’re using the essential oil, now is the time to add it. You add in 1/2 oz to 1 oz, depending on how scented you want it.
Now, fill up the bucket with warm water all the way to the top – and stir again.
Snap on a lid, and let it sit for 24 hours to gel up.
This recipe makes a 5 gallon tub of liquid detergent. You only need 1/2 cup detergent for top loader machines and 1/4 for front loader machines per load! It’s easy to see how utilizing homemade laundry detergent can add up to a big savings!
Shake well before each use, because detergent can separate a bit.