Making your own laundry detergent is a simple project that you can whip up in your own kitchen. All you need is a few common household ingredients and a little time and patience. Because your concoction won't have the harsh chemicals and high prices associated with manufacturers' brands, your skin and wallet will love it.
Grate your bar of soap. It's easier if you use a crank grater. If you use a regular box or flat grater, watch your fingers.
Mix the grated soap and 3 pt. of water in a sauce pan on low heat, until the soap gratings have dissolved.
Stir in washing soda and Borax. Stir until thickened.
Remove from heat, and add 1 qt. of hot water to the 2-gallon container.
Add the soap mixture to the container. Mix well. If your container has a wide mouth, use a stirrer. If it has a narrow mouth, put the lid on and shake it.
Add more hot water to the container until it's almost full, leaving just enough room to mix it. Mix once more.
Let the mixture set for 24 hours, or until it has thickened.
Use 1/2 cup per full load to clean your laundry.
Add a few drops of essential oil for scent, if you'd like.
Things You'll Need
1/3 bar of soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
2-gallon container with lid