For a cheaper detergent alternative, try making one on your own at home. Once you’ve learned and tried this solution, you’ll never buy from the store again. Learn how quick and easy to make this through Becky’s Homestead tutorial on YouTube.
- 5-gallon bucket
- Long paint stirrer
- Measuring cup
- 14.1 oz Zote bar
- Borax or skip it if you want mild
- 2 large plastic gallons
Start off by grating the whole Zote bar onto the large bucket. Once the bar is all grated, grab 2 large plastic gallons and fill it with warm water, then pour it onto the bucket to dissolve the Zote bar shavings. Using a long paint stirrer, give the mixture a good stir for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved and no visible shavings left. Add in 1 cup of borax to the mixture, but you can completely skip this step if you want a milder and more gentle detergent for your colored, sensitive, or baby clothes.
Pour in 2 more gallons of hot water and continue stirring until fully combined. Add in 1 last gallon of hot water and stir it again before placing the lid on the bucket. Let it for 24 hours to let it thicken. Grab the gallon and insert a funnel, then fill it halfway with detergent, and the other half with warm water. Give it a good shake, then they’re ready to use. Make sure to shake the gallon every time you use the detergent to make sure that the ingredients are incorporated.
*Thanks to Becky’s Homestead via YouTube for all images used here. If you loved this homemade detergent tutorial, then you’ll surely love her other videos too, so give her channel a visit and subscribe!