So I thought Frugal Friday would be a good day to do something frugal and dollar saving like making 'Laundry Detergent'. I used to make this because I absolutely hated it when the price of washing powder went up and the boxes kept getting smaller and smaller.
Things You'll need:
A big pot to melt your soap in, Measuring Cups, Wooden Spoon, Jug, Grater, Large plastic bucket with lid.
Bar of Soap, Borax, Washing Soda, Water
Now lets get started, the recipe I use is very basic:
1 bar of soap
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax ( I usually use a cup I can't help myself, I think more is better)
|Gather all the things you might need.|
This is my laundry detergent stuff,
It's only for soap not food. I use an old
preserving pan to melt the soap in...
|Go out and buy your supplies, 1 bar of Soap,|
Borax and Washing Soda.... don't forget a bucket!
|Grate up your bar of soap....|
|Boil a jug of water...I'm not very precise with|
my measurements use about 1.5L or the
whole jug if you want....
|Put the grated soap into your pot and pour the |
boiling water over it. Let in simmer away
melting the grated soap. Give it a stir
|Add 1 cup of Washing Soda to the melted|
soap and water. Keep it on the heat and
stir until it is all dissolved.....
|Add 1/2 cup of Borax to the melted soap and stir|
|The Borax will start to thicken the detergent|
stir until dissolved and remove from heat.
If you leave it on the heat too long as it goes
back to being watery
|Now pour the soap, water, Borax, and|
Washing Soda mix into the plastic bucket
|Then add hot tap water to the bucket...|
Give it a stir while filling
|The Laundry Detergent is starting to set now|
you can use it if you want. It's just a
bit messy to handle at this stage...
|You can see the mix goes all gloppy and|
slippery, this still isn't set yet
|Now 24hrs later it has thickened. You can|
use less soap, 1/2 a bar if you like.
To do the washing use 1/2 to1 cup
of detergent. Don't be surprised if
there are no bubbles it's