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Homemade Laundry Soap

Posted by Hallee on Feb 23, 2011 in Housekeeping, Recipes |

I have heard about how easy and how economical homemade laundry soap was to make, but until I started seeking out recipes, I really had no idea HOW easy and HOW economical it would be.

These are the ingredients you’ll need:

20-Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap.

I found all of the items at Kroger.  I looked at Wal-Mart, but was unable to find them.  I also heard that you could get the bar soap and the washing soda at Ace Hardware.

I paid $1.29 for the soap and $2.79 for the washing soda.  Note, this is not baking soda.  The Borax I already had, but it costs about $3.00.

There are 5 ounces of washing soda in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 55 ounce box will make you 11 batches.  Which means that I paid $0.25 for washing soda for one batch of detergent.

There are 3.5 ounces of Borax in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 76-ounce box will give you just over 21 batches.  Which means I paid about $0.14 for Borax for one batch of detergent.

Each bar will make 2 batches.  Which means I paid $0.65 for the soap for one batch of detergent.

This batch will wash 64 regular loads of laundry, or 128 HE loads.  I paid $1.06 for a batch to wash 64 regular loads of laundry, or 128 HE loads.

$1.06

SERIOUSLY economical.

You’ll also need a bucket that is at least 3 gallons and has a lid and a large pot that will hold at least 10 cups of water.

Here’s how to make it:

Grate half of the bar of Fels-Naptha soap (some recipes I read also said you could use a whole bar of Ivory soap in lieu of the Fels-Naptha soap)

Add the soap to a pot with 10 cups of water.  Heat until the soap dissolves.

Add ½ cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.

Add ½ cup of 20 Mule Team Borax.

Stir until dissolved.

Pour 1 gallon plus 6 cups (22 cups) of cold water into your bucket.

Add the soap mixture.

Stir until well mixed.

Cover.  Let sit for 24 hours.

Use ½ cup per load (¼ cup for HE washers)

Hallee


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