One of the goals that we made in regards to homesteading was trying to be as self-suffiient as possible. In doing that I have started making more of our household cleaning supplies and other “consumables” from scratch or more cost effective components.
One of the first things I thought I would tackle was laundry detergent. I have made my own detergent in the past using this recipe but I wanted to try something different as my “year” was almost up. I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and thought I would do a combination of the two.
I decided on simplifying the first recipe by removing the oxy-clean and the fabric softener crystals, replacing Fels-Naptha with Zote Soap, and adding one bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps.
- 1 bar of Zote Soap
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – Lavendar
- 1 box Borax
- 1 box Washing Soda
- 2 cups of baking soda
The first thing I needed to do was grate the Zote and Castile Soaps. This is the most time consuming part of the whole process.
After the grating was done, I started mixing all the ingredients together. I did this in stages to mix the ingredients better. I also used a large stock pot to mix everything in. This stage is the easiest and most rewarding. As the stock pot was filling up, I knew that we were once again simplifying our life and becoming more self-sufficient.
By the end, the stock pot was full and I had about a year’s worth of laundry soap to show for it. To store the detergent, I used a canister that we had sitting around. It holds 5.0 L.
Both recipes that I used as jumping point stated that 2 tablespoons was all that is needed per load. I think that next time I will use a different scent of castile soap as the Zote soap does have citronella oil in it.