A homemade recipe for liquid laundry detergent calls for water, Borax, washing soda and a bar of soap. Grate the soap. Heat 2 quarts of water until it almost boils. Add the soap, and stir with a wooded spoon until it dissolves. In a 5-gallon bucket, add 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda to 4 1/2 gallons of hot water. Stir, and then add the soapy mix.
This recipe calls for the liquid to be covered and to sit for 24 hours before using. It may be clumpy and need stirring. One-half to 1 cup of detergent should be used per load of laundry. To add a touch of freshness, add a little bit of baking soda to the mix. Homemade detergent costs between $0.03 and $0.09 a load to make, compared to over $0.30 a load for commercial brands.
Making homemade laundry detergent saves money and keeps harmful chemicals out of homes. The ingredients in this recipe are all natural. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that contains sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Washing soda is sodium carbonate and is made from salt. Although any bar soap can be used, a natural, unscented soap, such as Ivory or Dr. Bronners, ensures the laundry detergent does not have any toxic chemicals in it.