Today I will be the Happy Homemaker and show you how I make liquid laundry detergent.
I guess you're not a real homemaker blogger until you do this. I think this is required.
Really, sometimes I just have to blog things I do so I'll remember HOW I did it for my own reference.
I have made this detergent twice now and as others say,
"I would never go back to buying my detergent."
It is just so simple and inexpensive. I chose to make the liquid version because I have the HE front loader washer and just prefer the liquid over the powder.
3 simple ingredients:
1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax Detergent Booster - this is for softening and disinfecting
(about $3 at Walmart)
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda - NOT baking soda!
this gets out grease and neutralizes odor
(about $2 at Walmart)
1 bar of Zote Laundry Soap (about 1.29 at Walmart)
some recipes call for the Fels-Naptha brand laundry soap. I have used both and I prefer the Zote brand. I think it has a cleaner smell.
You will need a medium size pot and a spoon (I used a wooden one). Probably best that you only use the spoon for this purpose.........a grater, measuring cups and funnels.
You will also need a 5 gallon bucket with a lid.
Ask a handy-dandy cute young adult ex-wrestler to grate the bar soap for you.
Put the soap in the pot and add about 6 cups of water.
You will need to stir constantly over medium heat as you melt the soap until nice and smooth.
In your 5 gallon bucket, put 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
Add 1/2 cup of the Borax.
When you have your grated soap melted, pour all of that into
the 5 gallon bucket with the Soda and Borax and stir until dissolved.
Then get your handy-dandy Tool Man husband to mix it up real good with
a paint mixer paddle attached to a cordless drill, as you fill the bucket almost to top with hot water.
Of course if you don't have this tool, you can just use a long wooden spoon or
a long paint stick.
After you have it mixed thoroughly, put the lid on the bucket and let it set
for 24 hours.
The next day it will look like this....with a few inches of thick jell like on the top.
Ask Tool Man to mix it up again.
Again, if you don't have this tool, just stir it up about every 3-4 hours so it doesn't get
too hard to mix.
And that's it! You now have laundry detergent ready to use.
Well almost..........fill your containers HALF full.
I use old laundry detergent bottles and gallon milk jugs.
VERY IMPORTANT: Fill your container HALF with the detergent & HALF with water.
Shake it up a little each time before you use it.
I use one cup per large load.
(Once we emptied our first batch of filled bottles, we refilled them from the stash in the
5 gallon bucket and forgot to add the half water. I kept wondering why I had to
squeeze the bottle to get it out!)
It has a nice clean, not overpowering, smell.
You can also add a few drops of essential oil (like Lavender) to each bottle.
I really just prefer the clean smell.
There you have it. It's so easy and most importantly it works well.
I have been using this for several months and I am very happy with it.
You will just have to buy another bar of soap, because you have enough of the
powders to do it again and again and again.
You will smile every time you pass the laundry aisle at the grocery store.
Just for fun you can go down the laundry aisle, giggle and say in
your best Marilyn Monroe voice to people buying detergent,
"I'm a happy homemaker and I make my own detergent."
wink, wink, giggle.
Although, Marilyn would never have said such a thing.
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. ~Dr. Seuss