An Experiment in Laundry Detergent…The Process and The Recipes…

Using the same three ingredients–washing soda, borax, and ivory bar soap–we made three different types of laundry detergent. It was definitely an experiment as we altered all of the traditional recipes we had other than the one for the powdered soap, which was a recipe we found repeatably throughout the internet.

I will share the recipe for the Powdered Detergent as it was the easiest.

Powdered Detergent

  • 1 bar of grated Ivory soap
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda

Mix, mix, mix away! We chose to put it into a Mason jar and then we let B shake it!!

Use 4 Tablespoons for a regular sized load.

The Concentrate Detergent and Regular Liquid Detergent both came from the same base but the amount of water that you add to them varies.

  • 1 bar of grated Ivory soap
  • 1 1/2 cups of borax
  • 1 1/2 cups of washing soda
  • Water
  • 2 Large pots or a large pot and a bucket

Place 18 cups of water (you will be adding more water, so use a big pot!) into your pot and turn on the heat. Let the water to become warm (otherwise it takes forever for the grated soap to melt). Add the soap to your warm water. After the soap is completely melted, add in the borax and washing soda. Do not let this mixture boil, but make sure it’s hot. Stir constantly until the borax and washing soda is dissolved. Remove from heat. In another pot (or your bucket), place 12 cups of as hot as your tap water gets water. Mix in your soap mixture. **You are done if you are making the Concentrate Detergent. At this point bottle! If you are making Regular Liquid Detergent, keep going…** Add in 18 cups of cold water and stir. Bottle.

Let both the Concentrate and the Regular sit for 12 hours before use. When you use the Concentrate, you may need to shake it, in order to be able to pour. You could also cut this recipe down to 1/3 or 1/2 the size for a more managable amount!

Use 1 cup of Regular Liquid Detergent for a regular sized load or a 1/3 cup of the Concentrated Detergent.



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