Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Laundry Detergent Recipe

I grabbed this recipe from the duggars' website. I have been using thi detergent for about 4-6 months. It works great and I see no need to go back to purchasing detergent. I have washed my husbands dirt clothes and cloth diapers with great success.

Here are the ingredients.
4 Cups hot water
1 bar Ivory soap
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Here is a picture of the ingredient, so when you go to the store, you know what to look for. I have heard that you can Call Arm and Hammer and they will tell you the closest store that sells the washing soda.

3 bars of Ivory @dollar store $1
box of borax about $4
box of Washing soda about $3

step 1: Grate ivory bar and mix with 4 cups of hot water on medium until dissolved.

step 2: Fill 5 gal bucket with hot water. add dissolved soap, borax, and soda. Stir until fully disolved. Fill the bucket up to top with more hot water.

Stir, cover and let sit over night. This is a high concentrated and is actually 10 gallons of laundry detergent. Fill you jugs for washing with half detergent and half water. (i.e., It is easier to pour in the washing machine from a smaller container than to spoon it out with each load from the bucket.)
To Use!
Front end loader: 1/4 cup detergent (640 loads)
Top Loader: 5/8 cup detergent (180 loads)
So for the initial investment $8 plus the bucket&lid. You have more than enough for anywhere between 1,320 to 540 loads, depending on your washer. Also, for a $1 more on ivory, you can do 3 more batches.
The detergent is watery and looks like watery milk. But it works great

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