Sunday, November 11, 2012

Laundry Soap

The credit for this recipe should go to my sister, Deb...she got me hooked on this stuff. Keep in mind, she uses this on dirty diapers and a household with 4 kids. I'd say this stuff works. :)

I personally have been using this homemade laundry soap for over a year now and love it! Actually, I take that back...I did buy soap over the summer when we weren't "home". Too tough to lug all this soap around. Haha. But I really do love this stuff. And so cheap!!! And it cleans really well. I think the next time I make it, though, I'm going to buy a Dr. Bronner's castile bar soap just for a different scent so I don't get too sick of this one. :) I did try using essential oils once, but decided not to do it again because that does add cost...and I couldn't smell the scent that well anyway. 

Here are the directions for the liquid version. You apparently can just grate the soap, mix it all together and have a "powdered" version. But I personally have never tried that method. 

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- front or top load machine-:


4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

My soap gratings. 



All mixed up and soapy!


-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 overnight to thicken.

Mmm...nice and gloppy! 


-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). I buy mine at Ace Hardware. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

**As far as cost...I bought my Fels-Naphta soap for $1.49, the Borax for $5.49 and the Washing Soda for $4.79. The last two will last for many batches because they are big boxes. It's cheap however you do the math.


***I ended up doubling the Washing Soda in my most recent batch because I wanted more of a "stain" fighter detergent. Haven't used it let so the jury is still out whether or not this will help.

Also...some sources will tell you that Borax is bad for you...I found this really great article that I feel does a great job of explaining Borax in a common sense sort of way. 

It's honestly very easy to make...and once you make this big batch it lasts forever! At least for me and my husband...

Another tip...you can go to grocery stores and either the bakery or deli should be able to give you their old plastic buckets and they usually have lids. Haha, I work at a grocery store and collected a whole bunch of them for Christmas last year and gave them to my husband since he uses buckets to go gold mining. He loved them! Can't beat free gifts!!!!

But back to the soap...Have fun! 


Bethany
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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!



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