Monday, August 1, 2011

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Thanks Sandy!

4 cups hot water
1 Ivory, Sunlight bar soap OR Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar
1 cup washing soda
½ cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan of hot water. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until soap is all melted.
Fill a large kitty litter bucket or 5-gallon pail ½ full of hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until the powder is dissolved. Fill bucket with more hot water.
Stir, cover and let sit overnight.
The next morning the pail will be all gelled and very thick. Stir with a stick to break it up. (Or just use you fingers) Fill a laundry jug half-full of the detergent, and top with more water. (Or leave it concentrated and just use 1/8-1/4 cup)
Shake Well before each use. (It's good to leave it very concentrated....less bottles around)
Use ½ cup for top-load machines, and ¼ for front-load.
Use the thickened, undiluted soap as a pre-treater.

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