How To: Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

How To: Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Gregory Han
May 1, 2008

Sure, purchasing store laundry detergent is easy. But sometimes making something for yourself can be a satisfying project, even with the extra time and effort involved. And since the nearby 99 Cents Only Store carries almost everything listed here, we might have to try out this Instructables and offer the results as a gift for our friends (*cough* guinea pugs *cough*). What you need under the jump...

You wil need:
Food processor
1 bar laundry soap like Fels Naptha or Zote, or Ivory - Zote can be found in hispanic grocery stores
1 Box Borax - found in the laundry aisle
1 box Washing Soda or Oxi Clean, orBaking soda - (Washing Soda AKA soda ash AKA sodium carbonate available in some grocery stores made by Arm and Hammer or you may find it art supply stores in the dyeing section)
OPTIONAL- essential oil of your choice, I didnt do it but I think tea tree might be nice.

Some recipe considerations, there are many variations to be found online.

'''Powdered Laundry Detergent'''
1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoon

Other DIY cleaning solutions:

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