My Homemade Laundry Detergent 


I’ve  been making my laundry detergent since my first son was born about 6 years ago. I’ve always been frugal, that’s what my mom calls it but really I’m just cheap, I can’t stand spending a lot of money on things that have no greater value than if I spent less. I love this laundry soap. It smells great and is extremely cheap. It works just as well if not better than store bought. We are a very dirty family. Not that we don’t clean up good we just aren’t scared of a little dirt. And by a little I mean a lot! Between us two girls, three boys, two dogs, two cats, a herd of cows, chickens and any other critter we come across we can get pretty dirty and really go through some laundry detergent.

So here is my recipe for detergent:

1 bar of felts naphtha

1 cup of washing soda

1/2 cup of borax

5 gal. Bucket with a lid( I bought mine at lowes for $5 but the do have then at Walmart too)

You can get all of this at Walmart in the cleaning isle.

First grade the bar of soap with a cheese grader next heat a big sauce pan with about 2 cups of water on the stove. When it starts boiling add your graded felts naphtha a little at a time until it is all creamy and melted. Then I put my 5 gal bucket in the bath tub and add the borax and washing soda. I take the melted felts and pour it over the other two ingredients in the bucket. Use a big spoon and stir until combined. Then fill with hot water out of the tap. Stir while its filling. Once it’s full put the lid on and let it set for a day. Then it’s ready to use. I use 2 TBS for heavy loads and 1 TBS for small. It’s supper condensed so you won’t need much at all. This last my family a long time and saves a ton of money!

Kara Bess


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