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21 September 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

After seeing a segment on local news about homemade laundry detergent, I searched the internet for the best "recipes" for natural, low suds, cleaning power.  I experimented with various ingredients and created my version of homemade laundry soap.

 Here's what you'll need:
1 cup Washing Soda    ( not edible)
1 cup borax
3 gallons hot water
1 bottle Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap  liquid 4 oz.,  your choice of scent
30 drops of grapefruit seed extract

Mix all the ingredients in a large bucket, a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. The lid is important to keep rodents out as they may enter your home in search of water.  The grapefruit seed extract will prevent the water from becoming rancid.  Exercise caution with this extract as it is very potent;  undiluted,  it may burn your skin.
Use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per load.  I stir the contents before I scoop out the liquid. 
The soap particles may congeal after a while and this is normal.  Just remember to stir the contents before using.   Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap website:  www.drbronnner.com  
Other sites for homemade laundry detergent

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