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Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Recipe - Without Borax
Save your money and environment with homemade laundry soap
Make a batch of homemade laundry detergent (powder) with or without borax following this simple recipe. I've seen many different recipes online, some even claim to be the original recipe which I do think is a bit funny as this isn't something someone just came up with recently. We've been using the homemade detergent for years - when I was young we had a washing machine but as a result of the regime in which I was born it was almost impossible to buy laundry detergent in a store and sometimes you even had to go across boarders just to buy it and while sometimes this did turn out to be a fun family trip most of the time it was a nuisance. That's my mother and grandmother and a whole lot of other people started making their own detergent. I still remember the smell of it and how the soap looked (it's slightly different than today).
I don't know if this is the best of the recipes out there but as I've been using it for years I can say it is well tested and I use it with satisfaction. It's also really inexpensive and less harmful to the environment so that's always a plus!
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The Best Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Without Borax - Perfect for colored laundry
This is the recipe I use the most as we mostly have colorful clothes in our family. It does a great job with whites too, it will make them clean but if you don't add something for whitening the white will get a shade of grey over time which is perfectly fine for under shirts and such but as for other clothes go I like my whites to be white.
The Recipe - Three basic ingredients for clean clothes - Follow the recipe and make it!
You can do your DIY laundry detergent from either two or three ingredients the end result will be clean clothes!
The most basic recipe without borax consists of laundry soap bar and washing soda. Take one bar of soap and grate it. I have a separate grater for this although it isn't necessary (I'm lazy when it comes to cleaning it ;). One bar yields about one cup. Add washing soda in the same amount by the volume (roughly). Mix it well and it's ready to use.
I use 1-2 tablespoons per load.
You can also add citric acid for more freshness. I use the ration 1 cup soap, 1 cup washing soda and a quarter of a cup of citric acid.
This one is a must! You don't have to use this exact brand as any laundry soap bar will be good but this one is most recommended one.
You can use a mix of baking and washing soda to make your laundry detergent.
I don't always use citric acid but it does make the difference.
Add some salt when washing colors
You can mix in the salt in your home-made detergent or you can add it in the machine before you wash. A pinch of salt does a great job as a color booster!
Put the ingredients into a jar
When you have all the ingredients in the jar shake them (and do it well) - And while you do it play this video, I promise the shaking will be way more fun
The Before & After Demonstration - The stains are gone
I know you are probably fed up with silly commercials where kids or clumsy people do the darnest things and get the most impossible stains on their clothes.. But I just couldn't resist! I got all crazy with some dirt and tomatoes, let the stains dry for a while and threw the shirt into the washer! As you can see the stains are gone! I know the shirt looks whiter on the after picture but in reality it's the color is the same (it's just the light).