We made our own laundry detergent awhile back. It worked very well but if you are going to do it, Remember that the more borax you add the thicker it will get. If you add too much of it, You will be able to get it into the bottles but as it sits you wont be able to get it back out. If you have hard water, borax is a good water conditioner. But don’t forget about the thickness of the liquid detergent. I was thinking about mixing up a batch of the dry mixture and just adding alot more Borax to the mix. Our water is seriously hard at our new house.
When grated our soap we used a cheap cheese grater from the dollar store. It took a bit longer but dissolved faster. We also added a bit of scented oil to it. I am a big fan of good smelling clothes ;-) Homemade detergent doesn’t suds up much. But it doesn’t matter suds don’t get your clothes clean. Store bought detergents have sudsing agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate added to them, But people have been debating for years about their safety.
I use Dr. Bronner’s bar soap when I take a bath. I’ve noticed it makes soap scum very similar to other bar soaps I used many years ago. Wouldn’t that scum be a problem when washing clothes in your homemade laundry detergent, or do the washing soda and borax help to eliminate that problem?
I was just wondering where you buy your Zote soap here in Canada. I live in Québec and can`t find anywhere here in Canada where I can buy either Zote or Fels Naptha. I would really appreciate you informing me concerning this. Thank you for sharing your laundry detergent recipe. We hope to try it out as soon as we can get our hands on one of those soaps.