First, gather your supplies! You will need:
*5 gal. bucket (I like the ones with the screw on lids, like this)
*Long handle wooden spoon
*4c. HOT tap water
*1 bar grated, Dr. Bronner's pure castile soap (I love the Lavender)
*6 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
*1 1/2c. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
*2c. Baking Soda
*3T. Mrs. Stewarts Bluing Agent
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First, grate your bar of soap into the 4c. of HOT tap water. DO NOT BOIL and stir continuously on LOW HEAT until the soap has dissolved.
Second, fill your bucket half full of HOT tap water, now add your soap solution, washing soda, borax, baking soda, and the Thieves Household Cleaner. Stir well until all the ingredients are well blended and powders are dissolved.
Next, fill your bucket with HOT tap water, leave around 2-3" from the top of "open space", and now let sit overnight to thicken.
If you can find a helper to stir, great! Sometimes they are very helpful and will stir your detergent, and then apply Lavender Essential Oil to your foot after they drop the bucket lid on it! :)
It's the next day! Simply add the bluing agent and stir again. Your detergent will be blue for awhile but will turn white again over the next few minutes- hours. You can use it while it's still blue, it will not harm your clothing. Now, go ahead and film an empty (washed) detergent bottle half full of your detergent and the rest of the way with tap water.
*If you don't want to make your own detergent, but want to switch to a natural one, I highly recommend trying the Thieves Laundry Soap, from Young Living! My container is empty now, so i'm refilling it with my homemade detergent!
Now, go do some laundry! Add about 1c. for Non-HE machines and 1/4c. for HE machines!!! You are going to get around 200 loads out of your bucket if you have a Non-HE machine and a whopping 600+ loads if you have an HE machine! You're very welcome and I cannot wait to hear about how much you love your new detergent.
*This recipe is based on the Liquid Laundry Detergent recipe, found in The Chemical Free Home book. Check it out today, for more amazing recipes!
*Tip- You can add your favorite Young Living Essential Oils to the detergent when you add it to the machine. Ex., I will add 5 drops of Lavender to my children's laundry to give it a fresh, calming smell.
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