Survival Girl’s Self Sufficient Series Pt2: Homemade Laundry Detergent

A fellow Prepper and good friend of mine is always coming up with new ways to be self sufficient. She’s a great example of suburban homesteading as she manages to keep a bee hive, chicken coup and huge organic garden all on her acre lot right smack-dab in the middle of the burbs. She’s always making delicious homemade breads and cheeses, seems like every time I see her she has some new and interesting project she’s trying out.

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But it was her latest idea that really caught my eye because it’s really a big money saver. Homemade liquid laundry detergent! With just a few ingredients and a little time she saves big by making her own laundry detergent at home. Here are her step-by-step instructions on how to make your own liquid laundry detergent.

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What You’ll Need:

1/3 Cup GRATED Fels-Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup Super Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

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I double this recipe, it fits perfectly into a water bath canning pot (fairly cheap to buy new but commonly found at second hand stores) and then into two (2) 300 oz laundry detergent containers.

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Heat 6 cups water, add grated Fels-Naptha – whisk or stir until melted.

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Add Borax & Super Washing Soda, stir until combined (it’s hard to tell exactly at this point because there is a fair amount of foam on the top, just use common sense).

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Add 4 C. hot water, stir.
Add 1 (one) Gallon plus 6 Cups hot water, stir.

Let sit overnight.

The consistency is of egg-drop soup, break it up a bit and the liquid and solid parts have the same buoyancy and pour our pretty much equal.homemade soap

[Thanks to Melissa for this great post]

***This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a. “Survival Girl”, a Survival Spot Blog Guest Author and devoted Prepper. She has been writing articles on survival and emergency preparedness since 2006. You can find her work on various websites and publications.***

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5 Responses

  1. Cindy

    Instead of doing the mixing and heating, I simply cut up four bars of Fels Naptha, put those in a similar container as pictured and then filled the dispenser with water. I mixed the borax and washing soda and add as needed. No cooking needed. I wish I could claim this idea as my own but I got it from from friend Natalie.

  2. Mrs. B

    Now that sounds like something I might try myself. The cooking part made it seem a little too labor intensive for me. ;p

  3. swtsurvivalgurl

    Thanks Cindy that's an awesome idea! Then you don't have to worry about getting soap scum on your cookware. ;-)


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