Homemade Laundry Detergent and Liquid Soap

So, many of you are curious about this and so was I! I have been meaning to do this for months because we do so much laundry between two kids and cloth diapers in this house and go through soap/bath wash like there’s no tomorrow.  I do have to warn you, I used these two recipes and the detergent one will be a work in progress for a while until I can master the proportions, type of soap. etc. I’m curious to know how long this will last, it’s supposed to make 576 loads. Let’s see, if I do an average of 12 loads of our laundry a week, that’s 48 weeks, a little under a year right?? hmmmm.we’ll see about that one. BUT, I only spent about $10 so if it does last a year, I’m totally excited about the savings.

First, I will give you the recipes and then I will give you my opinions, challenges and thoughts for next time.

For the laundry detergent you will need:

1 bar of soap (any kind you want) I used Dr. BronnersHemp Baby Mild for baby detergent and Sandalwood for us.
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
2 empty gallon jugs/containers

STEPS

1. Grate your bar of soap using a cheese grater into your pot.

2. Pour 1 gallon of water and boil until soap dissolves.

3. Add Borax and Washing soda, bring to a boil (be careful here, the batch I did with our soap boiled over QUICK! At least my stove is super clean)

4. Add another gallon of cold water, stir and let sit.  **Here is where I went wrong, I bottled mine right away and it is noted that it will coagulate within 12 hours and it definitely does**

Here are my notes on the matter:

**My detergent got really clumpy so I let it sit and blended it with my stick blender and it was great.  Mine separated now that it is bottled but it’s OKAY, you can just shake it. I read that you can also reheat it and it should get better, I will try this soon and keep you posted on how that went.  I think a lot of it depends on your water quality and also the type of soap you use based on what I have read.**

Read these comments here  (the blog where I got the recipe) and there are a lot of ideas on different problems.  You can also add essential oil which would be really great, I suggest tea tree oil which is a great anti-bacterial.

Liquid Soap – Recipe credit

What you will need:

Cheese grater
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Glycerin (found in the band aid section at any drugstore or grocery store)
1 – 8 oz bar of soap
1 gallon of water

1. Grate entire bar of soap

2. Add 1 gallon of water and cook on high to dissolve soap

3. Add glycerine and essential oils if using. 

4. Let cool overnight for at least 12 hours.  If it is too thick, add some water and use beaters or a stick blender to get consistency you desire.

** I am currently looking for a way to make this bubble for the boys’ bubble bath.   I used the same soap I did with the boys detergent but think I will use the liquid Dr. Bronners lavendar next time as this one tends to have a bit of a residue feel on the boys’ bodies but not on my hands.  I think this will also give it the bubble feel I am looking for. I am using it as body wash and hand soap.  I am resuing my bath and body works foaming hand soap dispensers so it comes out all nice and foamy! I do love the smell and the ease of this recipe but will definitely be tweaking it a bit with different soaps to avoid a little sticky residue.

I’d love to hear your comments or thoughts. Did you try it? What was your result?

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