Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

A little over a year ago for a Relief Society activity we made homemade laundry soap and I just ran out! It is super easy to make and is way cheaper than buying it from a store. I like it even more because it doesn't really have a smell but if you wanted to add a smell you can just add some essential oil.

My whites have stayed whiter, and it has gotten out blood stains!

Here's the break down for cost (not inculding the 5 gallon bucket):

To buy all the supplies:
Soap bar 1.06
Borax  3.56
Washing soda 2.70
Equals 7.52

What each box equals:Borax 19 uses .20 Each use
Washing soda 6.8 uses .39 each use

Total cost per 5 gallon bucket:Soap bar. 1.06
Borax  .20
Washing soda .39
Equals 1.65 per five gallon bucket

Now that I have your attention here is the recipe:

4 cups-hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
1/2 cup Borax

-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit over night.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half ful with soap and then fill rest with water. Shake before each use.
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap had cooled.
-Yeild: Liquid soap will make 10 gallons
-Top load machine- 5/8 cup per load ( Approx 180 loads)
- Front load machine-1/4 cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
*Arm and Hammer "Super Washing Soda"- in some stores or may be purchased online (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm and Hammer Detergent-It must be sodium carbonate!!


jmw said...

It lasted over a year!? That's insane! That makes me want to make it. Hmmmm... wonder how much I spend in a year on laundry soap?

Anonymous said...

i make a powdered one and it takes at least 3 months to use it. its 8 cups grated soap, 8 cups baking soda, 8 cups washing soda and 12 cups borax. but that lasted you a year? wow.

Starks Haven said...

You can come to Texas and make your mama some......