The first step to making this detergent is breaking down the bars of soap. I start by chopping the Fels Naptha bars into chunks, and then I transfer them to my Blendtec blender and add a scoop of OxiClean.
The OxiClean is key here because it helps break down the soap chunks into fine pieces, and makes it easier to distribute them throughout the mixture later on. You could also just grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater, but it ends up being quite the workout!
Once the soap is done, the next step is to combine all the ingredients. I pour everything into one trash bag, tie it up, put it in another bag, tie that bag, and then just toss it around! If you live in a humid area, you will probably want to put it in a container with a tight-fitting lid to keep moisture out. Add 2 tablespoons of your homemade laundry detergent to a standard wash load.
Just toss it right into the washer. This formula works great in any washing machine! I love how well this detergent works, and have given it as a gift many times. Lots of my friends and family use this recipe too! I love being able to re-purpose things I have lying around the house, and my collection of paperclips just got a bunch of new assignments after I Recipe Rating:.
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I love this detergent!! Been making it for years — I keep mine in a 5 gal bucket with a lid and a smaller container in laundry room. You can use Sunlight bar soap or Fels Naptha, Regina. I believe you can use any mild soap actually. Actually, Fels naptha and soaps that are specifically made to use on clothing are the only bar soaps that should be used when making homemade detergent. Other bar soaps leave a film on clothing. Interesting, Erin.
Check your cloth diaper manufacturers recommendations. It may void the warranty if you use something other than what they recommend. But I never tried it on key microfiber BC it said not to on their site. Best recommendation I saw was to wash covers in with other laundry not the inserts to save washing then so much. I use an old laundry jug or vinegar jug or juice jug — whatever I have. I have been making the powdered version for some time now. Works great on kids and electricians dirty clothes. How much oxy clean do you add to your powdered mix?
And how much of the powder do you put in each load I have a front loader. My recipe is just borax and washing soda along with the Ivory soap and water. This is from awhile back so I doubt you need the info anymore, but in case someone is like me and browses the comments and has the same question I will pipe chime in. Pretty much everything i have read said that 1 Tablespoon of the powder or sauce works.
I have hear that oxyclean is very bad for people with allergies and eczema whichmy son has vboth! I was wondering for Essential oils, which I use daily for almost everything at this point. What would be your recommendation on how many drops to add? Would you say to add it to the individual jugs each time or add the oils to the 5 gallon bucket? Hi there!! Just wondering if it would be ok to half the recipe yielding 2. Thank you!!
I live in Edmonton, Alberta ca. From where I can buy it? Usually in grocery stores, in the laundry aisle, Shazia. I just saw some at our Metro store yesterday. Walmart and Canadian Tire, and possibly even Home Hardware may carry it as well. I made this detergent but used fels-naptha instead. My colored ckothes are coming out with blue spots. My whites are good so far. The blue spots happened on 2 different loads. Did you try googling your issue to see if it might be related to something else? Mine is lumpy though annd very watery. I still want to make myvoen laundry soap because my kids have sensitive skin.
I might try a powder recipe. I been reading up and says fels-naptha and borax are not good to use because its unatural and can be harmful to the body. For the record, the tropicana jug was for photo purposes. The state of my old, used laundry detergent container is less than desirable for a blog post. And, as you can see, Alex, your comment was not deleted. It was simply waiting in moderation for me to approve it.
But instead you feel like you need to be snarky and justify your decision. As I say, I am a fan and I expected you to be more responsible in your reply.
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At one time, I made my own liquid detergent, loved the cost! However, I started seeing my whites and white washcloths e-specially all turning yellow. Have you heard had this happen or heard of it happening? If so, what rectified the situation? I would love to make my own again. The clothes dryer is often the culprit when it comes to yellowing, Cindy. Chlorine bleach will also yellow your whites over time.
I suppose there might be something in a commercial detergent that offsets this? Probably a blueing agent. Blueing agents add a tinge of blue to your whites, which offsets yellowing. This is such an interesting recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us! Thanks for your comment above Jackie. I am excited to try it. Thanks forma sharing. Do you know, if using liquid ivory, how muchos should one use forma this receipe?
I think that would cause much more sudsing than the bar soap. I personally would only recommend using the bar soap. Another question: I did, today, half of the recipe, meaning, half of every ingredient: correct? How should the consistency be? Not necessarily, Alfonso.
I mention in the post that the consistency is different for me every time I make it. As long as all the ingredients are in there, it will work just the same. Thanks for your kind response. Well, I did it and it really worked well. Thanks for sharing these things. Thanks a lot. There are lots of online conversion sites, Kathryn. I got this recipe somewhere else, and I have been using it for about a year now. I love it. I love not having to buy laundry soap at the store. Its so easy to make. I make a half batch and still have enough to share with other family members. The only thing I have found is it takes a lot less per load in my washer than was it says to use.
If I use a much as it says, it leaves a residue on my clothes. I am needing to try something like this for serious health reasons for myself, and also for my Navy son. My problem is we live in an apt building and share laundry facilities he front loaders with everyone else in a communal area. Thank you so much for this posting. Good question, Fay. I think the build up occurs more in the tubing that leads away from the machine — the drum of the machine is probably quite clean.
Think about your kitchen or bathroom sink. The sink itself stays clean because of all the action it gets — friction, agitation, cloths wiping it etc. Hi, from Australia I think we would use Sunlight bar soap if still available. Any help would be appreciated. Sunlight would likely be a great bar soap to try, Barbara.
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Easier and faster than grating, you can microwave the ivory soap for a minute or so. It expands and gets fluffy. After it cools you can squish it and it will be nice and powdery. So much easier and less effort than grating. Just keep going until it stops expanding. Maybe a minute and a half? We often do that experiment here, Amanda. Thanks for details but have not had a chance to make it yet, sick husband pensioners in older age bracket.
I am going to try this recipe…thanks for posting. Do you have a recipe for homemade powder laundry detergent? I know there are powder recipes out there though if you do some googling. I generally do this once or twice a year to give my whites a boost. I should add, that the biggest culprits when it comes to dingey whites are chlorine bleach in your wash and using an electric dryer.
Both will quickly affect the whiteness of your clothing. Thanks for the recipe.. I made the full recipe 5 gallons but put it in a half sized bucket 2. Or would I benefit from putting the liquid in a 5 gallon bucket and add the extra water? I hope this question makes sense Thanks Mel. I think it would be easiest to transfer it into a 5 gallon pail, and top up to the 5 gallon mark with water.
Borax is a known teratogenic ie: causes birth defects. Know8ng this I would be taking precautions when pouring it out, especially if pregnant. How much essential oils would you add to the recipe? I found this thread through your article about microwaving Ivory soap for kids. Can I microwave my Ivory soap and crumble it instead of grating a solid bar? Will its cleaning properties be retained after microwaving? After microwaving, it will crumble easily — no need to grate it at all. I am an old Grandmother!!! Back when there were no disposable diapers and everyone used cloth diapers, we kept a bucket of Borax water to pre soak the diapers in before washing them!!!
So to answer the question if Borax is safe for cloth diapers…Yes it is and works great!!! My smaller batch recipe is 3 tablespoons each of Borax, Washing Soda and Dawn dish detergent. Mix together and add water. I use a milk jug. Easy to store and use. The yearly savings are comparable to yours. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Our colours are as bright as they always were, Lyann. I love it but the one I made come out more like clear water, I m just wondering is it right? Or I did something wrong. What color it should be? As long as you used all the ingredients listed, it will be fine, Anna.
Mine turns out different every time. I think it depends on how long you cook the soap for and how long it takes to cool. No matter how it turns out, if all the ingredients are in there, it will work the same. I actually have never used essential oils with my detergent, although I know others have commented saying they like to add some for the scent.
Warming oils should work as well as essential oils, as that appears to be their base as well. Remember the purpose of essential oils in the laundry is the great smell, so any good smelling oils should work. Only a few drops would be required though. Sounds like it might be time to experiment! I love following your blog!!! I also started using home made laundry detergent. We cloth diaper and it really does an amazing job. And the best part no clumping or residue!!! I have been doing this since Christmas and I have had to make 2 batches so far but was putting them in mason jars your way sounds more easier.
Thank you for posting this! I made the concentrate the other night and have one question. Was it supposed to thicken up at all or is this just a liquid consistency? Just a question…if using the homemade vinegar fabric softener in the washing machine…are the clothes full of static when removed from the dryer? Static is why I have always used the dryer sheets. Store in a glass jar and use tablespoons per load. Both of these homemade laundry detergent recipes are safe to use with HE washers! Both of them are very low sudsing soaps, which make them ideal to use with these types of washers.
If you are not sure if your washer is a HE Washer or if you are thinking about getting one but are not sure, head on over to our page explaining what these washers are, and why they are so popular these days. Moreover, to get the best, natural, and nontoxic experience, we actually recommend the Borax-free recipe, which is the most natural, and effective.
Even though Borax is non-toxic, totally safe and is a naturally occurring compound, you may find yourself using a regular bar of soap, which may contain chemicals that are either harmful to you or to the environment or both! No amount of DIY laundry detergents will get you the same cleaning as an industrially made, effective detergent. Cleancult is made with all-natural, safe, non-toxic ingredients and is as effective as leading brand detergents.
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