Friday, January 4, 2013

Recipe For Homemade Laundry Soap

Making your own laundry soap is very easy! 
It only takes a few ingredients and the savings in cost is incredible.
Someone gave me this recipe a few years ago and I have seen that it works great! I haven't seen any difference from this and to other more expensive detergents you buy at the store. 
You can buy these ingredients for very cheap - depending on the size of boxes you buy of each. This is a huge cost saver because if you figure it all out 
it totals to be around $0.75 for 2 gallons of laundry detergent! 
Try it for yourself! This is one way to cut costs in your budget 
if you are looking to do so at this time of year!

Ingredients: All of these will be found in the Laundry Isle

1/3 Bar of Fels Naptha
1/2 cup of Washing Soap (different then baking soda - this kind is used for laundry)
1/2 cup of Borax Powder (laundry whitener and deodorizer)
You will also need a small bucket that is about 2 gallons in size



Directions:

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat it until all the soap is melted. Add the washing soap and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from the heat.

Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups (this would be 22 cups total) of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel up. You will use 1/2 cup per load of laundry. 

*Note: I have learned that if you pour this into something you can pour (like a  gallon of half gallon container) it is a lot easier to use then trying to pour it from a bucket every time. 

Also, the finished soap is a gel but not a completely solid gel. Ithas more like an "egg noodle soup" look, but it is still great laundry soap. The soap also has low suds. So if you don't see suds that is okay.

If you want your soap to have some sort of scent to it you can use 1/2 to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice. Orange essential oil is a good one to use.