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Laundry Detergent Recipe

Laundry Detergent Recipe

A detergent made at home can be as effective as the one you buy off the market shelves. Learn the basics of concocting a laundry detergent by yourself from this article.
HomeQuicks Staff
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Laundry needs to be done, and it needs to be done on a regular basis. There's no escaping that. No matter how hard we wish for it. And, you cannot do laundry without detergent. Sometimes, constantly buying detergent can make you rethink about your finances and ultimately, influence your decision of doing (or not doing) the laundry. Don't let this situation arise. You can instead, learn how to make laundry detergent at home. Follow these easy recipes listed below and save your money. These recipes require basic ingredients like bar soap, washing soda, baking soda, and borax.

Recipe #1

  • A bar of grated Ivory soap
  • Washing soda (1 cup)
  • Hot water
  1. Put grated ivory soap in a saucepan and fill it with hot water, till the grated soap is covered.
  2. Heat this at medium heat, stirring it all the while, till the ivory soap melts.
  3. In a large pail, add the mixture from the saucepan along with an additional 2.5 gallons of hot water. Keep on stirring till it gets mixed properly.
  4. To this mixture, add your cup of washing soda and continue to stir till it has been nicely mixed.
  5. Allow it to cool.
Recipe #2

  • 1 bar of grated soap
  • Baking soda (2 cups)
  • Hot water (2 gallons)
  1. Put the grated soap in a saucepan and fill it with hot water, enough to cover the soap. Keep the gas on medium heat and stir it till all soap melts.
  2. Transfer this mixture from the saucepan to a pail, add 2 gallons of hot water to it, and keep stirring.
  3. Add baking soda to this mixture, continue stirring.
  4. Allow it to cool.
Recipe #3

  • Borax (½ cup)
  • Hot water (5 gallons)
  • Soap bar (1 piece)
  • Washing soda (1 cup)
  1. First grate the whole soap bar and put it in a saucepan. Add enough hot water to it to just cover the soap. Heat this mixture over a medium-low flame and keep stirring it till the soap melts.
  2. Add 5 gallons of hot water to a large pail. Add the mixture from your saucepan along with washing soda and borax to this pail. Keep stirring it till everything dissolves.
  3. Add more hot water to the pail if required. Leave it aside to cool.
Recipe #4

  • Grated bar soap (1 cup)
  • Borax (¾ cup)
  • Washing soda ( ¾ cup)
  • Glycerin (2 tbsp)
  • Hot water (2.5 gallons)
  1. Add the grated bar soap to a saucepan, cover it with water, and keep stirring it till all the soap melts.
  2. Take a large pail and empty 2.5 gallons of hot water in it. Add glycerin, washing soda, and the mixture from the saucepan to this.
  3. Stir well till everything dissolves. Leave it to cool.
Recipe (Powdered) #5

  • Washing Soda (8 cups)
  • Grated bar soap (8 cups)
  • Borax (8 cups)
  • Baking soda (8 cups)

All you need to do is to mix all the aforementioned ingredients properly, and store the mixture preferably in a sealed tub or box.

Recipe (Powdered) #6

  • Borax (1 cup)
  • Finely grated bar soap (2 cups)
  • Washing Soda (1 cup)

Like in the previous recipe, you just need to thoroughly mix all ingredients, and store them in an airtight plastic or tin container.

Recipe (Powdered) #7

  • Washing soda (1 cup)
  • Liquid castle soap (¼ cup)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • White vinegar (1 cup)
  1. Take liquid soap in a bowl. Add washing and baking soda to it as well.
  2. Add white vinegar, little at a time. You will notice the mixture in the bowl starting to foam up a little bit.
  3. Keep stirring the mixture till the thick paste gets converted to powdered detergent.
  4. Hard lumps, if any, can be broken down easily while stirring.
  5. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
Recipe #8

  • Grated bar soap (2 cups)
  • Washing soda (2 cups)
  • Hot boiling water
  • Borax (2 cups)
  1. Take a large saucepan with grated bar soap and hot water in it. Adjust the gas to a medium heat and wait till the soap melts. Stir the mixture.
  2. Add the mixture from the sauce pan to a pail, which contains 2 gallons of hot water. Put borax and washing soda in the pail and keep stirring it till everything dissolves.
  3. Leave it aside to cool down.
Try these recipes but make sure you test them on one of your old cloth pieces first.