Dishwasher Detergent, Laundry Detergent and Pre-wash Spray

Dishwasher detergent:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/4 cup Oxyclean

Mix well and use 1-2 tbsp. in dishwasher.  Use white vinegar for rinsing agent.


Laundry detergent recipes from tipnut:

Powdered detergent:
2 cups bar soap finely grated (Fels Naptha, Ivory, etc.)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.  Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Pre-wash spray:

Dishwashing liquid
Non-sudsing ammonia

Mix in equal parts, put in a spray bottle, and mark with contents.

Liquid detergent:

1 quart water
2 c.  bar soap, finely grated (Ivory, Fels Naptha, etc. – don’t use heavily perfumed soaps)
2 c. borax
2 c. washing soda
2 gallons water

Boil the quart of water and add the grated bar soap; stir until soap is melted.  Pour the melted soap into a large clean bucket and add the borax and washing soda, and stir until all is dissolved.

Add the 2 gallons of water and stir until well mixed.  Cover the pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Detergent tips:

  • Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy
  • Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are differentsome contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs
  • Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as neededshake before use.

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