Home Made Laundry Detergent  

Posted by: Julie in

You will need Zote Soap, Borax and Washing Soda.

I buy my Zote at Save a Lot on White Horse Road. The Sav Mor on Wade Hampton carries it also.

The only place in Greenville that I have found that carries Washing Soda is Publix.

You can pick up Borax at any grocery store or Walmart.

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When I make laundry detergent, I make a double batch so I end up with 5 gallons of detergent. Here I used 2/3 bar of Zote Soap and grated it on a cheese grater. The soap is soft and it is easy to grate.

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Next you want to put the grated soap into a sauce pan and add your water. Since I doubled my soap, the amount of water I used was 12 cups.

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Once your soap is melted you will add your washing soda and borax. Again, I doubled my amount so I used 1 cup of each.

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Once your washing soda and borax have totally dissolved, pour hot water into your bucket. I used 8 cups.

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Now take your soap mixture and pour it into the bucket that contains your hot water.

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Too that you will add more water. Again, since I am doubling my recipe I added 2 gallons PLUS 12 cups of water.

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Here is my bucket of newly finished laundry detergent. I make a lot at one time for 2 reasons. 1) I have a large family and we do a lot of laundry and 2) I don’t have to make it as often.

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After your detergent sits for 24 hrs it will thicken up. I like to stir it well to break it up a bit. Your detergent will look gloppy … sort of like Egg Drop Soup. You use 1/2 cup detergent per load.

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For the recipe I use go to : The Family Homestead

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2 comments

That's fantastic. I haven't seen washing soda for sale in my town. I'll have to keep my eyes open. I've never heard of Zote! Great idea!

Julie I was going through some of your older posts and noticed you made soap too! I used the Zote because I loved the pink color! I just made the dry soap not the liquid but am noticing that my whites are getting a bit dingy. Do you have any problems with the liquid ? I am thinking maybe I need to make the liquid kind next time to see if it would work a bit better.

blessings
mary

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