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*RECIPE* DIY LAUNDRY DETERGENT

By April 9, 2015 2 Comments

I have used this recipe for about 2 years. My dear friend Jeannie gave me the first batch and I was amazed when she told me how easy it was to make! I can pretend to be an old-fashioned pioneer when I make it. 🙂 I also just use vinegar as my fabric softener. Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil into the detergent recipe if you would like a particular fragrance. Soon enough it will be the perfect weather to use your clothesline, too!

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Gather the ingredients (Borax, Washing Soda, and Zote bar soap).

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Grate a 14 oz. bar of Zote soap over a large pan. (Should only take a couple minutes or so!)

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Add enough water to cover the soap, and then stir over low-medium heat to dissolve (takes about 15 minutes).

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Keep stirring!

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Pour into a clean 5-gallon bucket.

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Refill your large pan with very hot water, and add it to the bucket.

Add 2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and stir.

Add 1 cup Mule Team Borax and stir.

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Continue to pour in very hot water and stir until the bucket is almost full.

Cover and let sit overnight.

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In the morning, stir again. It will be a gel detergent!

Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load of laundry.

Enjoy!

 

Photo credit: Big Grey Mare / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Olive Wagar

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  • Brenda McCoy says:

    Just wondering where I can find these individual products; for example, the “Zote” soap. I’ve never heard of it, but am ASSUMING it could be found at the likes of Kroger or Wal Mart. Thank you for your help! I LOVE your blog!

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