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DIY Laundry Detergent with Our Awesome Soap!

Turning your favorite scent of bar soap into your favorite scent of laundry detergent will save you money and make your clothes smell as amazing as you do! Using our all natural or nearly natural soaps to replace your detergents which, depending on the detergent, could be filled with chemicals create skin irritation. Typically, detergents you get from the store contain  4,1-dioxine, which is used as a solvent. Short-term inhalation exposure to high levels can result in side effects such as drowsiness, headaches, vertigo, and irritation to lungs, eyes, and throat. Also, the containers your standard laundry detergents come in aren’t biodegradable and the product itself can create soil and water pollution. 

Keep in mind when making your own detergent- the more times you do laundry, the more money you’ll save. If you rarely have to buy laundry detergent, I would still recommend making your own because of the more natural alternative and having the knowledge of what is in your detergent. But, it won’t do too much for saving money. However, if you do laundry many times or even multiple loads a day, making your detergent in bulk will save you money and trips to the store.

 

Yield: 5 gallons (approx. 120 loads)
Ingredients you’ll need
  • Bar of soap, grated
  • Total of 5 quarts of water
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups washing soda 
Supplies you’ll need:
  • Cheese grater or food processor 
  • Large pan
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Large spoon or similar
  • Containers to package detergent
    • Recommendation: mason jars or similar 

Instructions:
  1. Grate your bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put the grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
Optional: Put in your favorite essential oil to make your clothes smell fresh and clean. Citrus smells typically work best for detergents to create a clean and refreshing smell.

A 5-gallon batch will typically cost you under $20 and washes at least 120 loads! At Walmart, a container of Tide at 150 fl ounces (1.17 gallons) is $18, so that means to get 5 gallons, it would be $90 with your typical, harmful laundry detergent.

If you can’t find washing soda, try shopping online or you can make it using this recipe.  

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