Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent....by request
I mentioned I make my own laundry detergent on another thread and Alisande ask that I post this.
I LOVE this stuff! Hubby insists that his darks look better than ever. I've used the concentrated to remove grass stains from the knees of my jeans, and a friend who I gave the recipe to, got all the juice stains out of her daughter's t-shirt.
A 5-gallon pail cost me $1.70 to make, and that's Canadian prices. You can cut the recipe in half, if you have a smaller pail or don't want to make such a large batch the first time.
HOMEMADE LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT
4 cups hot water
1 Ivory or Sunlight bar soap (I prefer the Sunlight)
1 cup washing soda
Â½ cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan of hot water. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until soap is all melted.
Fill a large kitty litter bucket or 5-gallon pail Â½ full of hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until the powder is dissolved. Fill bucket with more hot water.
Stir, cover and let sit overnight.
The next morning the pail will be all gelled and very thick. Stir with a stick to break it up. Fill a laundry jug half-full of the detergent, and top with more water.
Shake before each use.
Use Â½ cup for top-load machines, and Â¼ for front-load.
Use the thickened, undiluted soap as a pre-treater.