Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe
This simple laundry soap recipe will leave your clothes clean and fresh and only comes to about 3 cents per load!
1/3 bar Zote ( Ivory and Fels Naptha Soap will also work)
1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (found in the laundry section at most stores)
1 cup borax powder (the 20 Mule Team brand is a good choice)
2 gallons water
15 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
|Once you add the powders it begins to thicken|
Add the washing soda (NOT baking soda) and the borax. Stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat.
Pour 4 cups hot water into a 2-gallon bucket. Add soap mixture, tea tree (or any other essential oil of your choice) and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups (22 cups) of water and stir.
Use a ½ cup detergent per load of laundry. I use more for more heavily soiled loads.
I saved two gallon sized Tide containers for this and filled them to the top plus a third smaller sized bottle. Make sure you have bottles ready. I used a funnel to pour the detergent into the bottles. The scent of the Zote seemed to clash with the tea tree oil at first but after a while, they mixed and smell nice.
Update: 11/10/12 I used the recipe posted by Randy Price, one of my Facebook Page readers, for making home made fabric softener:
Two 22.5 (45 oz) bottles of hair conditioner (scent of your choice)
Three Cups white vinegar
Water to fill a one gallon container
I've used my soap and this softener since I made them on 10/30 and my clothes are clean and smell very nice. I didn't have to make another batch until mid December. I used to have to add Baking Soda to my towel loads to keep the nasty smell away. I don't do that anymore and my towels smell very nice! IT WORKS!