Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Laundry Detergent Recipe - and one for dishwasher detergent too!

Laundry Soap

A recipe I use for laundry detergent makes the price of Tide or Sunlight or other professionally made detergents outrageous.

  • ½ bar of soap, melted into a pot of hot water on the stove for approximately an hour. You can grate the soap if you want it to dissolve faster, but I don't bother with it. I use Ivory soap but any soap will do.
  • Pour diluted soap mixture into a large bucket and add the following ingredients.
              1 cup of borax
              1 cup of Washing soda
              6 litres of hot tap water
               add 1 cup of Clorox bleach for the unbleachables (optional)
  • Stir and let the mixture sit. Sometimes it gels and sometimes not ( i think it depends on the temperature outside) Which ever it cools into being, doesn't matter, it works!
  •  Use ½ cup per load

I find this recipe makes enough for about 24 loads. Which means, when I spent about $10 on the ingredients, those ingredients make about two years' worth of detergent. (Just to be sure: the box of Borax has about 20 cups of borax in it for about $4 as does the box of washing soda. Therefore, I buy about two years' worth of ingredients at a time.) Makes you re-think Tide, doesn’t it?

Dish Washer Detergent:

1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Borox

Put both ingredients into a jar and measure our 2 tbsp for each dish wash run.


  1. Great recipe. I have been using a similar one for years. I don't know why others buy them -its so much more expensive and a lot less effective.

  2. I tried this recipe and the house smells so good. I hope its good at cleaning the clothes.

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