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Make it at Home!

Make it at Home!

As we learn to get back to the basics and realign with Mother Earth, we return to the simple art of making everyday products ourselves.  Wondering how to make a laundry soap of your own? Try these homemade laundry detergent recipes for gel and powdered soap, plus a homemade stain remover recipe.

The use of homemade laundry detergent has increased in popularity in recent years, particularly with the green living movement and the poor economy that has many homemakers seeking easy ways to save money.

How to Make Laundry Soap — Recipes and Usage Tips

There are an array of laundry soap recipes. Fine-tune the recipe to suit your laundry and water type.

  • Gel Detergent Recipe 1 – Measure out 2 cups of grated bar soap, 4 cups of boiling water, 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of washing soda or baking soda. Dissolve the grated soap and hot water, then add the Borax and washing soda or baking soda. Store in a pail, as the homemade soap will be gel-like. Mix before use. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup per load.
  • Gel Detergent Recipe 2 — Measure out 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of washing soda, 2 cups of Borax, 4 cups of boiling water and 2 bars of grated soap. Boil the water and add grated  bars of soap into the water. Mix until the soap dissolves. Remove the water from the heat and stir in the other ingredients. This creates a gel-like detergent. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load.
  • Dry Detergent Recipe 1 — Mix 3 cups of grated Fels-Naptha soap, 1 cup of washing soda or baking soda and 1 cup of Borax. Store this homemade powdered laundry detergent in a covered pail or Tupperware container. Use 3 to 4 tablespoons per load.
  • Dry Detergent Recipe 2 – Mix 5 cups of Borax, 5 cups of grated bar soap, 3 cups of washing soda and 3 cups of baking soda. Store in a covered pail or Tupperware container. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup per load.

Opt for a bar of soap that’s lightly scented or scent-free if you or family members suffer from allergies, asthma or sensitive skin.

By Mia Carter
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