Posted by: Tracy | 2011 January 20

Home-made Liquid Laundry Soap

I got an old liquid detergent container from my mom.
I bought a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket and lid for $3.50.
Then went to Winco for the rest of the ingredients.
Borax:$4.00 (which I had on hand already)
Fels-Naptha Soap Bar:$1.05
Arms & Hammer Super Washing Soda: $2.50
The cool part is you will have enough for few more batches later the only thing you would have to buy is the Fels-Naptha Soap Bar since you use the whole thing, the rest you will extras.
I didn’t add any essential oils to this and it seems to be okay.  It doesn’t have any smell on the clothes but they do feel clean.
I will add the link to where I got this from as well.  My friend has some good recipes for other stuff as well.

Home-made liquid laundry soap

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 besodium carbonate!!

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