Monday, September 22, 2014

DIY Laundry detergent {How To}

The recipe: I had collected tons of DIY laundry detergent recipes but never actually took the plunge to do it for real.... A few weeks ago my neighbor shared hers on her Facebook page and gave me a sample to try. I haven't bought from a store ever since. Today it is time to share this recipe with you.
You will need:
- 1.5 gallon container (glass jars or recycled plastic laundry jug)
- bar of soap (Dr Bronner is my favorite). You will need 1/4 of soap bar per batch
- 1/2 cup of washing soda or baking soda (* more on that after)
- 1/2 cup of borax
- hot water
That's it!

*You don't have any washing soda! (Although washing soda is pretty easy to find according to my neighbor, I was unable to find some!) Have no worry, you can easily convert baking soda into washing soda. How you may ask? Put your baking soda in a shallow pan. Oven is on 400 F (200 C). Leave 1 hour- 1 h 1/2. You have now converted your baking soda (NaHCo3: 1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, 1 carbon and 3 oxygen molecules) into washing soda (Na2CO3: 2 sodium, 1 carbon and 3 oxygen molecules).

Now that you have all your ingredients:
1- Grate 1/4 of your soap with a cheese grater.
2- Put the grated soap in a pan with a 2-3 cups of water. Heat up gradually, stir well with a whisk until soap is totally dissolved.
3- Mix 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax together in a large bowl.
5- Add the washing soda-borax mix to 1 gallon of hot water . Stir well and pour in your container. Keep shaking until it is completely dissolved.
6- Add the soap mixture and keep stirring well.
7- Add warm water up to the top of your container. Stir well and let it sit for a few hours.
Voila! Shake before use. You need about 1/2 cup per load.

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