Friday, October 17, 2008

Homemade Laundry Detergent

(courtesy of found at:

3 pints water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda, please!)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2-gallon bucket to mix it in
Additional hot water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved.
Stir in washing soda and borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
Add 1 quart hot water to a two-gallon bucket.
Add soap mixture, and mix well.
Fill bucket to about 3 inches from the top with additional hot water, and mix well.
Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens.

Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

Note: This detergent will not make suds, which makes it perfect for front-loading HE washers. If you cannot find the ingredients at your supermarket, all of the ingredients are available online at

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