How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Originally posted on MAKE:

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Until nontoxic, biodegradable, single-use, disposable socks become a reality, everyone has to do the laundry. And for many this is a pain. Besides the obvious time sink, laundry can be fairly resource intensive.

However, with this simple DIY project, you can dramatically cut down the cost of cleaning your clothes by making your own laundry detergent.

Even though it may sound daunting, making your own laundry detergent is a worthwhile endeavor for several reasons. Commercial laundry soap is very expensive– gallon for gallon, it costs more than twice as much as gasoline– and making it yourself can save you a lot of money. It is also possible to make laundry detergent that is much more environmentally friendly than most commercial brands are. All it takes is a little time and a few ingredients.

The key ingredients in homemade laundry detergent are available at any department store and include water, bar…

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