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From our family site (www.krisandlarry.com) We have been making our own laundry soap for over 5 years now.
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!!!
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
- Long handled spoon
- “cheese” grater that you use for only soap.
- 1 whole bar of soap (I have used Ivory- it was really soft and easy to grate) but you can use goats milk soap (plain), dove, felts naptha, etc.
- 1 cup Washing Soda – NOT BAKING 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 or Soap Fragrance(OPTIONAL)
- 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 dissolved 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. It will be lumpy… Just keep stirring every day!
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!!
Homemade Laundry Sauce
We love making our own cleaning products. I save so much in this size household. We do have a 5 gallon bucket of homemade laundry soap that I have been making every 3 months for the last 5 years… Several months ago, I made a “Laundry Sauce” that I adapted a bit from this recipe. … Laundry Sauce On Budget101
We do double this recipe and make 4 jars instead of 2 (which often fluffs into 5 jars every 3 months)
- 1 bar DOVE soap, grated – Some people use Fels Naptha, (we don’t because I don’t like using anything with color)
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 4 cups of hot water
- Essential oil of choice or soap fragrance (OPTIONAL)
- You will also need 2 quart size mason jars and either a blender or a hand mixer. I picked up a blender at a yard sale for $1 that I use for soap only.
- Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Mix together the Borax and the washing soda in a bowl and set aside.
- Grate your bar of soap and add to the boiling water. Stir until melted down (about 10 minutes.
- Once the soap is dissolved, turn to low heat and add the washing soda and the borax. Stir until COMPLETELY dissolved. (DOES NOT FEEL GRAINY!)
- Pour the liquid equally into two quart size Mason jars.
- Add water to fill the jars to the “shoulder”
- Add 10 drops of essential oil of choice to each mason jar.
- Put the lid on the jars, shake a few times and turn them upside down Let them sit upside down for a few hours.
- After a few hours, you will notice that the soap has separated into several layers. YEA!
- Once this happens, pour the contents into a blender and BLEND AWAY! Until Fluffy! (If you are lucky enough to find a blender that the blades unscrew and the mason jar screws right onto it. … I am not that lucky! YET!)
- Add the “soap fluff back into your jars (you may need a 3rd jar depending how “fluffy” it blended.
Add 1 Tablespoon to a load of laundry in any type of machine, conventional, Front Loader, High Capacity & High Efficiency (HE), etc. Add the spoonful directly with the dirty clothes and not into the detergent tray.