Monday, June 14, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent & Fabric Softener

Simple and easy recipe to make your own laundry detergent. The cost for me came out to be 4 cents a load.

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum based powder laundry detergent for a green product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil which is enough to heat and cool 5,500 homes for a year.

What you'll need to purchase:

1-55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1-76 oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax

1-1o pack of 4.5 ounce bars of Ivory Bar Soap (you can also use Pure & Natural, Fels-Naptha and Zote. Both Fels Naptha and Zote can be found in the laundry aisle and are laundry bar soaps).

1 gallon of white vinegar

To make a batch of laundry soap:

1 bar shaved bar soap (use a simple hand grater)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup of washing soda

Stir the mixture together for 5 minutes. 1 batch will clean about 30 loads of laundry. 2 batches will fit into a 32 ounce yogurt or sour cream container. Use 1 tablespoon per load and 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled clothes. This can be used in High Efficiency (HE) Front-Load Washers. It is very low suds which is required for HE washers.

Fabric Softener:

Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a fabric softener ball or add to washer's liquid softener cup. The vinegar will dissolve residue which is what makes clothes feel stiff.


char said...

The laundry detergent is wonderful. I did have my reservations but it was super. And vinegar as a fabric softener, been doing that over 20 years. Enjoy being greener and will definately try other green recipes.

Captain Morgan said...

Thanks Char and I hope you enjoy the rest of the recipes I have posted.