Liquid laundry detergent
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Commercial liquid laundry detergents can contain the toxic ingredients Ethyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol and Styrene Polymer. Further, the consumer takes on a premium for shipping heavy liquid across the globe.
This cleaner, cheaper, DIY liquid laundry detergent recipe uses just a few basic ingredients to create 10 gallons of detergent for around $2.
Note: This recipe uses Borax, which some are uncomfortable with given its toxicity. Here is an alternative Borax free laundry detergent recipe.
- This recipe uses Borax. Available here.
- Washing soda. Available here.
- Bar soap. Available here.
- Cheese grater. Available here.
- Pot. Available here.
- Three 5 gallon buckets. Available here.
- Funnel. Available here.
- Storage containers. Available here.
Here's a video
- Grate the soap down into the pot.
- Add a quart of water.
- Stir continually over medium-low until soap is dissolved (10-15 minutes).
- Fill half bucket with hot water.
- Add melted soap.
- Add 1/2 cup of washing soda.
- Add 1 full cup of Borax.
- Stir until all ingredients are dissolved.
- Fill bucket with hot water.
- Put lid/cover on and leave over night.
- Stir to break up the gelled chunks.
- Pour half into another 5 gallon bucket.
- Top off both buckets with hot water.
- Pour into storage containers.
- Shake before use, 1 cup per load, less if you have a high efficiency washer.
- Pleasant smell. Add 8-10 drops of essential oil (Available here.).
- Easier storage. Skip steps 9, 12 and 13 (any step that adds water). Use 1/3 of a cup per load instead.