Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Last year my husband and I decided to try making our own laundry soap. We go through so much of it, that we were confident that it would be cost effective.

We were right.

We (ok, actually my husband) made another batch of it the other day. The above picture made up a little less than half the we saved the rest of the batch and will refill when needed.

We used the Duggar family recipe.

Here is the recipe taken from their website.

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.

-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.

-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 Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

We had all the ingredients left over from our first batch with the exception of the Fels-Naptha soap bar (less than a $1 at Walmart) so I don't remember the cost of the ingredients, but I know it was less than $10 and we still have some left to make more batches.

And I do feel the need to give a shout out to my husband...he made both the first and second batches on his own. It was very much appreciated!! Thanks hubby!!!

Linking up to Raising Homemakers.

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