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Homemade laundry Soap

posted Feb 28, 2012 22:07:53 by KristinBensch
Liquid Laundry Soap
Front or Top Loading machines
Yield- 10 gallons
Top Load Machine 5/8 cup per load (approx 180 loads)
Front Load Machine ¼ cup per load (approx 640 loads)

4 Cups Hot Tap Water
1 Fels-Naptha Soap bar
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, baking soda will not work nor will arm & hammer detergent)
½ Cup Borax laundry boosting powder
5 Gallon Bucket with lid

Grate bar of soap and add to sauce pan with water. Stir continuously over medium-low heat until soap completely dissolves and is melted.
Fill 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.
Add melted soap, washing soda and borax.
Stir well until all powder is dissolved. (A large paint stir stick or pvc pipe work great for stirring the soap. My husband has a stirring attachment for his drill that I used, so that is also an option.)
Fill Bucket to top with more hot tap water. Stir until well mixed and cover with lid.
Let sit overnight to thicken. (I wait a full 24hrs)
Stir and fill a used clean laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before use. (will gel) **Note**- I have a friend that just fills the empty container with the soap and does not add additional water, this is really what ever your personal preference is in my opinion. However remember that if you are not adding the additional water to the container after filling half full with soap you will only yeild 5 gallons.

***Note*** I do not measure out the cup as the recipe states I just use a cap full, as I am using an old laundry soap container.
Also I have tried using another brand of laundry soap bar and it does work however the consistency & scent may vary, I prefer the fels-naptha bar. I had the best luck finding everything to make this at Walmart, my local grocery store didn't carry the washing soda or fels-naptha....however we live in a very rural area so you may have better luck than I did.

You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. (You can choose what ever scent you like, ex: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, etc.) The fels-naptha bar does have scent to it so adding an essential oil is totally optional.
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DeeEdw said Feb 29, 2012 20:55:41
Learning more and more by the day! I am planning on trying this soon. With all my allergies and family members who are allergic to this detergent or that; it makes perfect sense. Thanks again Couponclipinsta and fellow followers. I am forever grateful.
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