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Homemade Laundry Detergent Separating?

I made 5 gallons using a recipe from TikTok. Because of the quantity and frequency of our laundry, I diverted a little. I used one full bar of fels naphtha, 2 cups borax, 2 cups of washing powder and added essential oil for fragrance. Also added 1/2 cup laundry sanitizer, and 1/2 cup of softener. I'm having the same separating issues. Is there anything I can do in the main bucket before I put it in the smaller use container?

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June 1, 20220 found this helpful
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As a general rule, most DIY laundry soap/detergents recipes are left in flaked/granular consistency and an appropriate amount measured for each load. This type seems to be the most popular.

However, since you already have 5 gallons mixed, you may have a problem dividing this into smaller containers.
There are so many 'great' DIY soap recipes on TikTok it would be difficult to locate the one you used.

Did you shred the Fels Naphtha?
Did you use the exact products the recipe called for?
Did you follow the instructions exactly as stated?
Did the recipe call for one gallon and you made five?

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Did your recipe call for using boiling water to dissolve the soap?
Sorry, but any one of these answers could be why you're having this problem as most DIY recipes have to follow the original instructions exactly.

Smaller quantities of liquid are always better because liquid DIY detergents usually always have to be stirred/shaken before measuring the amount to use.
Mixing cold congealed soap is not always easy to mix in a small container but most people put their mix in a gallon jug so they can just shake it up before using.
You probably filled your 5-gallon container to the top so mixing will certainly have to be gentle.
I think if I had this problem, I would find a large kitchen whisk and try gently stirring close to the bottom and keep moving around the container and hopefully, the top clumps would get caught up in the swirls.

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The only other suggestion would be to fill a pot with your detergent and heat it before pouring it back into your 5-gallon container. It would probably take several pots of hot detergent to stir up/dissolve/melt the clumps but I think that would work.

Hopefully, another member will have more useful suggestions but maybe next time you could make your mix and not add any liquid until you're ready to make a gallon.
Maybe make your recipe for one gallon and store the dry mix in sealable containers so you have a mix ready for your next gallon.

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June 1, 20220 found this helpful

Homemade detergent has to be stirred before each use.

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June 5, 20220 found this helpful

This article may provide some useful info for making laundry detergent:
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June 20, 20220 found this helpful

Its just like with anything else paint other cleaning chemicals if it starts to separate mix it up again and then itll be fine and when it starts to separate after that just mix it up thats it

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July 5, 20220 found this helpful

Laundry sanitizer and softener are liquid ingredients. So I think you've got a not-quite-powdered laundry detergent.

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In any case, you need to mix everything well first, and then put it in the smaller use container.

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July 30, 20220 found this helpful

I would advise you to mix everything well and then divide it into portions per one wash by weighing the portion or using a spoon as a measure. I think the laundry sanitizer and softener will settle to the bottom of the container, and mixing this before each wash seems to me to be a time consuming process and not convenient.

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October 1, 20220 found this helpful

I use a submersible blender to mix all my soap together the next day, as mine will be seperated. The blender smooths it and combines it very well. I also use any kind of bar soap, usually Irish Spring. I shred my soap, add to a large bowl of water and melt it on the stove or in the microwave. I add a cup of fabric softener also for the scent.

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Good luck!

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October 1, 20220 found this helpful

Wait til the next day after mixing your soap and use a submersible stick blender. I picoed mine up at thrft store for cheap and use it only for non food projects. Your recipe sounds good but I dont like the Naptha soap so I use Irish Spring, I know Ivory will work apso. I melt my soap shreds with water in microwave or in a pot atop the stove...good luck.

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