December 28, 2010 – Our first batch is just about used up – 11 weeks later for a family of 7 – not too bad – I will NEVER go back to store bought. I love how my clothes feel and smell and the amount money that we saved!!! WOWWIE! – NOTE: Stir twice a day for the first week after making it and it won’t be lumpy and will look like store bought laundry soap!! Also – I added 2T of essential oils on the second batch
I have been hearing from a handful of my friends on how they make their own laundry soap and LOVE it.
I am game for saving money and knowing EXACTLY what is in items that we use.
Here are the ingredients and step by step.
- 5 gallon bucket (reusable for additional batches) I picked mine up at the Chino Valley Ace Hardware
- 1 whole bar of soap (used Ivory- it was really soft and easy to grate)
- 1 cup Washing Soda – I found this at Chino Valley Ace Hardware (not at Walgreens or Safeway)
- 1/2 cup Borax – Found this at both Safeway and at Ace Hardware
- 3 Gallons (48 cups of water) plus 4 additional cups of water
- 1 tablespoon Essential Oil (OPTIONAL) – I get mine off of the Internet – www.WFMed.com however you can get them from your local health food store.
- Boil 4 cups of water
- Grate bar of soap and add to boiling water
- Stir until dissolved (took about 4 minutes.)
- Add 3 Gallons of warm / hot water to your 5 gallon bucket. (3 gallons = 48 Cups)
- Add the dissloved soap to the bucket and stir
- Add 1 cup of washing soap and stir for 2+ minutes with a long handled spoon until dissolved
- Add 1/2 cup borax and stir until dissolved (about 3 minutes)
- OPTIONAL: add 1T of essential oil and stir. (I used lavender for our first batch)
- Place lid on tight and let it sit overnight.
Rowan kept insisting that this was white cheese:
Add the grated soap to 4 cups of boiling water:
Shelby was my official “stirir”:
Looks like really soapy water right now, however tomorrow it will be a very lumpy gel: (photos to come)