My Green World’s Blog

DIY Laundry
July 18, 2009, 8:15 PM
Filed under: DIY, Eco Home, New Ideas, Take Action

DIY stuffs are always something fun. Now, we can make a green homemade laundry detergent. The recipe and ingredients are easy:

3.1 oz bar Ivory soap (Ivory is chosen because it’s all natural. You may use a soap of your choice) 
-1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 
-1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 

Tools needed:

-5 Gallon container 
-Knife or grater
-Pot large enough to hold 5 cups of water 
-Long stirring stick/spoon (for 5 gallon container)


Shave the soap into small strips and place in the pot with 5 cups of water. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into the 5-gallon container and stir.

Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the 1/2 cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.

Optional: Essential Oils for fragrance. If you like fragrant detergent, now is when you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

From: Baltimore Sun


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