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Making your own laundry detergent is a simple process and an easy way to save money. There area various recipes for homemade laundry detergent, but they also use the same basic ingredients. You can buy everything you need to make your own laundry detergent for less than the cost of most brands of detergent, and have enough homemade detergent to last a year or more.
Homemade laundry detergent is made of three components, soap, washing soda and borax. You can use a specific laundry soap if you like, such as Fels Naptha, or a bar of body soap, like Ivory. Washing soda is found in the laundry section of your grocery store. It is sodium carbonate and is useful for removing smells from your laundry. Borax is the commercially available form of the natural mineral sodium borate, and whitens and deodorizes your laundry.
Dump one-third to one-half of your soap, chopped or grated, into a large saucepan. Add 6 cups of water and heat, stirring occasionally, until the soap melts. Stir in one-half of a cup each of the washing soda and borax, continuing to stir until the powders are dissolved.
Fill a two gallon bucket with about one-half gallon of hot water. Add the soap mixture and stir until blended. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with water, stirring to blend. Let the soap set for 24 hours before you use it. Use one-half cup per load.