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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

So I've been wanting to do this for months and finally took the plunge. It was SO EASY and I'm excited to use it in my laundry. From start to finish the whole process took about 10 minutes.

(All ingredients were purchased at the local Broulim's grocery store.)

Homemade Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Fels-Neptha soap, finely grated
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda!)
1 2-gallon bucket (I used an empty Member's Mark laundry detergent container)
A lot of water

Heat six cups of water on the stove with the grated soap until the soap has melted. Add the borax and washing soda; cook and stir until dissolved. Put four cups of hot water in your bucket; add the soap and 22 more cups of water (1 gallon plus 6 cups). Stir. Let sit 24 hours. The texture will gel and be kind of drop-egg-soupy. Use 1/2 cup for a large load of laundry. (You can add 1 oz of essential oils for a scent if you want.)

I haven't double-checked the math on this, but the lady whose website I stole this recipe from claims the cost comes down to $.01 a load.


Jenny said...

I've been using this recipe for a while now, and it's AWESOME. I'll never go back. The only thing I did different was used a five gallon bucket, and I still use about 1/2 cup for each load. It still works great! And it will go twice as far. I think everyone needs to do this.

Nick Wheeler said...

This is what my mom uses and loves it! Must do it, too.

Kristy Skoy said...

Can buy $.02 worth from you to try before I make it??

Collette Smith said...

Nice--I've always wanted to make my own laundry soap!


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