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Laundry Soap

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hello Everyone,:D

The question I get asked about the most when I get to talking about making my own cleaners is "how do you make laundry soap?"  Most people say they don't have enough time and patience to make it, but honestly, it only takes about 20 mins to make and it lasts my family of 4 about a year! The best part, though, is that it only costs $2-$3 to make 10 gallons of laundry soap!!  This laundry soap is unscented and is great for everyone from from babies to grandma.  I add a little bit of my favorite essential oils to my loads.  I like to add peppermint, orange,lavendar or even tea tree oil.  I only add 4-5 drops per load and it works great.  I also add baking soda and vinegar to my loads as it is a great fabric softener.  And I know the next question you have and the answer is NO! Your clothes will not come out smelling like pickles lol.

Alright so to make this laundry soap you only need 3 ingredients to buy at the store

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

This is such a super simple task, you will probably kick yourself in the butt when you see how simple it is and ask yourself why it took you so long to do it!!

Ready, here goes

Grate the bar of Naptha soap with a cheese grater.  Put it into a pot with about 4 cups of water (i just use my tap water).  Slowly melt the soap into the water.  Stir occasionally.  While the Naptha soap is melting,  get a 5 gallon bucket ready.  Add the Washing soda, and borax into the bottom of the bucket and add HOT tap water to it.  What I do is fill the bucket about half way, and stir the washing soda and borax into the hot water to disolve.  When the naptha soap is melted completely, pour the contents into the bucket, while still hot, and stir well.  Fill the rest of the 5 gallon bucket with HOT tap water.  Stir again, and put cover on.  Let set overnight.  This laundry soap is now done.  It is also a concentrate, so you actually are getting 10 gallons.  

What we did at our house is got a funnel and a ladel and figured out how many ladels fills up our container to halfway, and then just fill the rest with HOT tap water and shake it to mix them together.  We used an old laundry soap bottle so it is easier to dispense into the washer.

Now another question you may have is "is this ok for a HE washer?" and the answer is definately yes!  I have an LG steam and have been using this stuff in it for years with no problems what so ever.

The only issue I have had with this laundry soap, is it starts to congeal on top into a hard blob.  What I do to fix this is I take my hand mixer and mix it together on top of the bucket.  It works great and makes it so you don't get clumps.

I hope you enjoy your new found money saving tip on laundry soap.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have or suggestions you have come up with for it.

Thanks for reading & God Bless


Categories: Homemade Cleaners

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