Archive for April 2nd, 2012

This last week a very kind reader of my simple little blog contacted me with a recipe she uses to make her own homemade laundry detergent.  I am thrilled to be able to post it for her to share with the rest of you.

Gayle’s Laundry Soap Recipe

1/3 cup 20 mule team Borax

1/3 cup Arm & Hammer Wash Soda

1/3 bar Fel’s Naptha soap grated.  (Or you can use 1 full bar of Kirk’s Castile Soap)

Place all three ingredients in a REALLY large non reactive pan on stove.  Heat and stir to dissolve with 3 pints of water.  Once dissolved pour contents into a large 3 gallon or larger bucket.  To this add hot, near boiling, water to bring contents to 2 gallons.   Stir and let sit for 24 hours.  You can either keep in bucket at this point, transfer to clean milk jugs (this is what Gayle does), or to old empty detergent jugs.  Be sure to stir or shake well before using as the contents do congeal and settle.

To use:  Use 1/3 cup per laundry load.

My own little addition to this wonderful recipe is if you prefer fragrance soaps add 10 drops of your favorite fragrance essential oils to the mixture.  Lavender, Rose, Lemongrass, Sandalwood make for nice fragrances for laundry soaps.

Thank you Gayle for the recipe and the opportunity to share it with others.

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