Laundry Detergent

6 smiling women under tenement clothesline; ca...
6 smiling women under tenement clothesline; caption reads: “Do we look cheerful? Washing clothes is pretty hard work generally, but if you use Kirkman’s Borax Soap according to directions, it’s really wonderful how it lightens labor and…makes clothes sweet as a rose and white as snow”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Here is a recipe for liquid laundry detergent.

Start with gathering the following equipment and materials—

  • A large plastic container with a tight-fitting clean
  • A clean, empty can for measurement
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Baking soda
  • Washing soda
  • Borax (optional)
  • Castile soap; 8-oz. bottle
  1. Combine the 3 cans of each baking soda, washing soda, and borax into the large plastic container.
  2. Stir in the 8-oz. of castile soap.
  3. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Place the lid tightly on large plastic container and shake it upside down to ensure that all is mixed.
  5. At time of laundry, dissolve a heaping ¼ cup of the mixture in hot water to dissolve the mixture.  You may choose to add an extra squirt or two of castile soap.  Place into your wish.
  6. You can add bleach to the washer; however, if you choose not to use bleach (recommended), then during the soak cycle, add a cup of white vinegar to the soak water.

In fact, by adding white vinegar to the wash cycle, the wash will come out soft.  There will be no need for fabric softener!

Use 1/2 cup per full load or as you see fit.

Powdered Laundry Soap

  • 1 cup soap granules (difficult to find on store shelves; therefore, make your own by grating a castile bar of soap or use leftover soap slivers)*
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)
  1. Combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in the essential oil of your choice.
  3. To soften fabrics pour 1 cup white vinegar into the rinse cycle, not the wash cycle.

Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.

Other recipes:  Find another soap than FELS-NAPTHA (original recipe may have changed since it changed hands to Dials Corporation that sells Purex!).


*  Another resource for soap granules is from a soap-making supplier.  For example, Bulkapothecary or of camp soap

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