I’m continuing on with the whole “spring cleaning” theme. In fact, this is one of my favorite home-cleaning recipes. My husband is allergic to Tide so when we started living together I was at a loss. At that time, I had no idea people made their own detergent. I automatically thought, OVER-ACHIEVERS. Yes, I was skeptical at first. When you pour it in the water, nothing suds! But don’t let that fool you.
Rest assured, my husband is a chef and gets anything and everything on his chef jackets. He’s so bad, whenever someone has an accident at work they refer to it as “pulling a Jimmie.” (Still love you babe) So you KNOW that if this detergent gets those suckers clean, then I’m talking about the real deal. Once everything is washed, it even smells so fresh and so clean.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 1/3 soap bar (I use Zote)
- 1/2 c. washing soda
- 1/2 c. borax powder
- 1 oz. of your favorite essential oil (optional) –> I love a citrusy smell!
Grate the soap and put it in a saucepan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until it’s dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load.