Homemade Laundry Detergent

Having extremely sensitive skin has been one of the most challenging hygiene obstacles that I have had to over come in my life, although I really have never known anything different because my skin has always been this way. Since I was a child I have always had to use special soaps, bath products, lotions etc. to ensure that my skin was not irritated. If you were ever on a cheerleading or dance team with me then I am sure you remember the huge red welts that would form on my arm during each practice from just being rubbed the wrong way. A little over a  year ago, after talking to my friend Carrie about her one year old daughters sensitive skin and how she began making her own laundry detergent to sooth the situation , I was inspired to try and make my own as well! Not only would it cut costs in the cleaning department dramatically but it would also be a guaranteed success for my sensitive skin since I could control what was going into it, therefore leaving out all the harsh, and harmful, chemicals. I am happy to say that it was sheer success and I have been making our families laundry detergent ever since! So I thought I would share my formula here since I have had about a few people interested in the specifics of what I do and how they can create their own laundry detergent as well.

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Supplies:

  • 1 large, heavy pot
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • blender
  • 2 Mason Jars
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 bottle Purex Crystals (I prefer the one that they make for babies because it was designed for delicate skin) – optional
The ingredients

The ingredients

Directions:

  • First fill large, heavy pot with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • While the water is working on boiling mix the Borax and Washing Soda in a bowl and set aside for the time being.
Borax/Washing Soda mixture

Borax/Washing Soda mixture

  • Unwrap and cut the Borax into thin shavings. Then add the freshly cut soap to the pot of boiling water stirring consistently. Reduce the heat to medium and stir until the soap is completely dissolved, about 10-15 minutes. Be careful and make sure that the mixture stays at a rolling, simmering boil. DO NOT LET THIS BOIL OVER OR YOU WILL HAVE AN EXTREMELY SUDDSY MESS ON YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS THE REST OF YOUR KITCHEN!
Fels Naptha being cut into thin slices

Fels Naptha being cut into thin slices

All shaved and ready to be boiled!

All shaved and ready to be boiled!

Boiling away!

Boiling away!

Fel Naptha completely disolved!

Fel Naptha completely disolved!

  • Once the Fels Naptha is completely dissolved remove the pot from the heat and add the Borax/Washing Soda mixture to the pot stirring constantly until the powder has completely dissolved into the mixture. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
The Fels Naptha/Borax/Washing Soda mixture

The Fels Naptha/Borax/Washing Soda mixture

  • Next allow the mixture to sit and solidify. This will take approximately 4-5 hours. There will be a film that forms on the top of the solution.
Cooling off

Cooling off

The soapy film that settles over the top of the mixture

The soapy film that settles over the top of the mixture

  • Once it has hardened gently break up the film that formed over top of the mixture. Pour into a blender and blend on high until it becomes a smooth, creamy consistency.

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Being blended together!

Being blended together!

The consistency that you want it have after it's all finished

The consistency that you want it have after it’s all finished

  • Add in the Purex Crystals, to aid in adding a nice scent to your clean clothes, and blend until it is completely mixed in.
  • Lastly Pour the mixture into sealable containers, I prefer Mason Jars.
The final product!

The final product!

A few final notes. This recipe makes about 2 large 16 0z. Mason Jars and will give Matt and I a full years worth of laundry! Make sure to store it in a dry place at room temperature as well as to label and keep it out of reach of small children as the ingredients are not meant to be ingested. We have found that 1 good sized tablespoon will wash a large load of laundry.

Good luck on your laundry ventures and I hope this recipe works as well for your families wallet and hygienic needs as well as they did for ours, whether they be for a new born babies sensitive skin or your own.

Much Love & Prayer,

Blair

P.S. for those of you who are simply interested in the budget aspect of it all here is the break down in cost!

The original recipe with no added scent crystals:

  • Fels Naptha .99 a bar
  • Bora 76 oz box = 9.5 cups – $3.29 box = .34 c per cup
  • Washing Soda 55 oz box = 6.875 cups – $2.97 box = .43 per cup

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Total Expense for 128 loads of Laundry = $1.76

The original recipe with the added scent crystals:

  • Fels Naptha .99 bar
  • Borax 76 oz box = 9.5 cups $3.29 box = .34 c per cup
  • Washing Soda 55 oz box =6.875 cups – $2.97 box = .43 per cup
  • Scent Crystals $3.97 (without coupon for the crystals)

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Total Expense for 128 loads of Laundry = $5.73 (without coupon for the crystals)

The original recipe with the scent crystal – coupon:

  • Fels Naptha .99 bar
  • Borax 76 oz box = 9.5 cups $3.29 box = .34 c per cup
  • Washing Soda 55 oz box =6.875 cups – $2.97 box = .43 per cup
  • Scent Crystals $1.97 (with coupon for the crystals)

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Total Expense for 128 loads of Laundry = $3.73 (with coupon for the crystals)

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