What Is a Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe?


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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.

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What Is a Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe?
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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.

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