Wednesday, January 4, 2012

homemade laundry soap

I've been trying to make our grocery budget stretch a little further these days. The most expensive items that tend to rack up the bill are cleaning supplies. Matt's mom had made some homemade laundry detergent a few weeks ago and told me how easy it was so I decided to give it a try. The recipe I used came from the Duggar's website and only took me a few minutes to make! This recipe makes 10 gallons and costs less than $10.00. The ingredients I used are all natural which is an added bonus. So far it's worked great on our clothes!

You will need:
4 cups hot tap water
1 soap bar (I used Kirk's castile because it is all natural)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
5 gallon bucket
paint stick for stirring

Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons once the soap has cooled.



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 with hot tap water.

Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved.

Fill bucket to the top with more hot tap water and stir.

Cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Once it's cooled you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill the rest with water. Shake before each use. The soap will gel.



Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons
Top Load Machine: 5/8 cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machine: 1/4 cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)



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