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  Detergents are important. Without them, you’d find it very difficult—sometimes impossible –to clean your clothes. So you need to have them stored somewhere in your home, for whenever you’ll have to use them.
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It’s also a good thing if you’re able to spend less on getting them. If you’re an ultra-thrifty person, or you’re just looking for some creative but useful exercise to get involved in, you’ll find making your own detergent rewarding. You could even make large quantities of this and sell them for a good price. Here’s how to make detergent at home.

Things You’ll Need

If you’re going to make a kilogram of detergent, you’ll need these items in the quantities mentioned.
  • Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) – 1 litre
  • Soda Ash –75g
  • Sodium Silicate—40 ml
  • Caustic Soda—250g
  • Sulphuric Acid—60 ml
  • Catalyst (Hydrogen Peroxide)—60 ml
  • Ammonia Solution—90 ml
  • Colourant—10g
  • Perfume—40 ml
  • Water—750 ml
Other items:
  • Measuring cups
  • Two bowls for reagents
  • Face mask
  • Hand gloves

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You’ll need the hand gloves to protect you from direct contact with the materials you’re using, and the face mask to keep you from inhaling some of the agents.

Steps To Making The Detergent

Step 1: Pour your Palm Kernel oil into bowl 1 Step 2: Pour your water into bowl 2 Step 3: Add the caustic soda to contents in bowl 2 Step 4: Add the colourant to contents in bowl 1 Step 5: Pour perfume to contents in bowl 1 Step 6: Add soda ash to bowl 1 Step 7: Add the catalyst (Hydrogen Peroxide) to bowl 1 Step 8: Add the sulphuric acid to bowl 1 Step 9: Empty the contents of bowl 2 into bowl 1 Step 10: Add Ammonia to bowl 1 Step 11: Let the mixture dry Step 12: Grind the mixture till its powdery That’s how you produce your own detergent.

Final Words

The process of making detergent at home is fairly drawn out. Unless you enjoy the idea of immersing yourself in some new activity, you’ll probably prefer to do it for profit. And that’s a good idea if you can find buyers. Featured Image Source: 123RF
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This article was first published on 14th July 2021


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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