Easy Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent

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In my ongoing efforts to rid my home of nasty chemicals I am experimenting with making my own cleaning agents. Laundry detergent is used daily, so I decided to start there and do my own homemade laundry detergent. This recipe makes just over 2 gallons.

Homemade Laundry Detergent (liquid)

You will need:

  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 cup of Borax — where to find
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda — where to find
  • 2 gallons of water

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Step 1:
Grate your bar of soap into a very large pot using a cheese grater (this one is the grater I use). This part is kind of fun because it grates so well!

Homemade Laundry Detergent (liquid) | Real Food RN

Step 2:
Fill a gallon jug with water and pour it into the pot with the soap. Cook until the grated soap dissolves.

Step 3:
Add Borax and Washing Soda

Step 4:
Bring everything to a boil.

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Step 5:
Turn off the heat. Pour in an additional gallon of cold water to cool it down. Mix well with a large spoon.

Step 6:
Pour into desired containers. (I now use my husbands old “whey protein” containers because they are huge and I can just dip a measuring cup in to get my detergent). Use 1/2 cup per load. This detergent does not suds up, which is normal. It will thicken as it cools and might even need to be shaken up if it thickens too much.

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