Homemade Laundry Detergent

One of my favorite blogs is Young House Love. They are now working on their second house renovation and blog about all the details. I love seeing their projects take shape and turn out beautifully. Another aspect of their blog that I have really liked is the extensive list of homemade cleaners and detergents. I have tried several and all have turned out well. A few weeks ago, I decided to try their recipe for liquid laundry detergent. Not only will it save money but it is much better for our skin. I was able to buy all the ingredients at our local Publix supermarket on the laundry detergent aisle. My cereal keeper on the right has a box of Borax. I had already opened and wanted to store in a sealed container. I used something I already had on hand. The 3-gallon bucket I purchased at Home Depot. 
Liquid Laundry Detergent:
  • 3 pints water
  • 1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
  • ½ c. washing soda
  • ½ c. borax
  • 2 gallon bucket
  • 1 quart hot water
Mix soap in saucepan with 3 pints of water. Heat on low until dissolved. Stir in soda and borax until thickened. Remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to bucket, then soap mixture, mix well. Fill rest of bucket with hot water, mix and let sit for 24 hours. Use ½ c. per laundry load.

I also added a few drops of lavender essential oil to each container of detergent.

Grated Fels-Naptha. I love the way this bar smells!
It took longer than expected for the grated bar to dissolve.
All mixed and poured in to the bucket for overnight wait.
I waited to pour my detergent up for several days. When I did open the bucket I noticed the detergent had separated some. I used my wooden spoon to try and stir but it wasn’t an easy task. I eventually used my immersion mixer which took about two minutes. I then poured the contents into plastic containers.I bought three of these 3 Quart plastic containers at Dollar Tree. 
This batch made almost three containers full.
I am finding that the detergent tends to continue to separate. I just give a shake when I need to use it and it mixes easily.
is a huge compilation of recipes.

Clean It Up!

There are so many recipes online for making your own household cleaners. Two of my favorite places to find recipes that actually work are Young House Love and her post on cleaning up your act naturally. 

photo from Young House Love blog


Mini Manor has a post on homemade cleaners that is also excellent.

photo from Mini Manor Blog


I have found by making my own cleaning supplies that I save money and it is a much healthier option. The chemicals in most bought cleaners almost always irritate my asthma but using the recipes provided by the two blogs mentioned, I have had no adverse reactions, even when using the essential oils.  I have made and used the soft scrub, toilet cleaner, clothing spot remover, mold/mildew remover and tub and tile cleaner. I am planning to use Young House Love’s recipe for liquid laundry detergent. Items are already purchased. I will let you know how I like it.

Do you have any homemade cleaning recipes or tips? I would love to hear from you.

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