Monday, April 23, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been wanting to make laundry detergent
for quite some time now.
It's one of our goals toward becoming more self-sufficient.


 

A few simple ingredients can be found most anywhere.



The Zote soap was a huge bar, so it was cut in half.



Measure out the Borax and Washing Soda
(1 C of each)


The Zote soap was grated first,
then whizzed in the food processor.
A few drops of essential oils is  an optional addition.



One tablespoon per load should do the trick.
The container was dated,
so that I can see how long this batch lasts.
**Update:  This amount made 1 month's worth,
which is approximately 20-24 loads.**




I'm gettin' to feel like a real homesteader...
with a modern twist.


16 comments:

  1. We love our homemade laundry soap. When I am feeling a bit spendy I buy the Dr. Bronners peppermint bar and use that. It gives a lovely scent to the laundry. We have been using the homemade soap for about 6 years now, and I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I also have been wanting to try this. With 4 children still at home, I bet it would be smart to. How about cute containers to give as gifts.....?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations on another successful Do it yourself :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love it! And it looks so easy too! Thanks for sharing and let us know how it cleans your laundry.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I wish you luck with your soap, Daisy. I found it didn't quite get the ground in dirt out of my hubby's work clothes, but I imagine if I pretreated, it would solve that.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've resisted making homemade laundry soap because my front loaders say you should use special soap. Does the homemade soap work in your machines?

    ReplyDelete
  7. *giggle* I made a post about the same exact thing today! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. So this is okay to use for a front-loader? That was always my question. I'm anxious to see how you like it!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am curious about using it in a front loader as well. Is the Zote bar soap unscented? Is that why you use the essential oil? For a scent? I too am curious about how long one batch will last you.~Ames

    ReplyDelete
  10. Heather-Yeah, I don't see ever going back to commercial brands.
    Love Dr. Bronner's!

    Darla-Great idea! I thought about selling it at the farmer's market, but don't have time to pursue that right now.

    Jane-Thank you, oh DIY mentor...
    ;0)

    Homesteading Quest-Thanks! Love the smell!

    Nancy-Fortunately, we don't have too much of that here.

    Shasha Kidd-Front loaders require low-sudsing detergent. This stuff fits the bill.

    That One Girl-You did a great job! ;0)

    Kim-So far, so good! It smells so fresh! And just think of all the money you'd be saving so you could buy fabric and stuff for your new homestead!

    Ames-The Zote soap has a mild scent, so I didn't add any essential oils. Some folks like more of a scent, but we're simple folk!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've tried several recipes.. I really like the looks of yours and the method! I will give it a try. I have at least two bars of Zote packed with my detergent-making supplies :) Love the idea of putting a date on it too! -Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  12. Tammy-I will post an update once we get to the bottom of the supply.
    Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is on my to-do list as well. I'm waiting for the semester to be over, so I have a bit more time. It's hard to be a homesteader and a student at the same time. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. karenish-It really took no time at all. No doubt there is a lot to do on a homestead.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I made my first batch a few months ago and I am hooked. It's gentle on my skin and clothes and cleans well. I just made my first batch of liquid hand soap today and I really like it too. Who knew making these things was so inexpensive? Great idea to date the package. I feel like I a becoming a homesteader too, little by little. I am learning the skills my grandparents took for granted. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Heidi-I know what you mean! It feels so good to do for yourself. Enjoy your homesteading endeavors!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts!