Friday, January 10, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap Review

In the effort to save money and live better by eliminating unnecessary chemicals, I started making laundry soap a couple years ago.I like it, because not only does it save money, it is also highly customizable! This time when I filled our containers I used a downy fresh scent. You could use any oil you want or if you choose, don't! Make a different scent for each family member! I just add one to three drops per container-you don't need much.

Downy Fresh Fragrance Oil.

Here is my concentrated washing slime...It looks and feels funky, but works really well! This 5 gallon bucket is from one batch of soap and lasts my family of 6 almost a full year! If you make this for one person you might just make the powdered version.

Bucket of washing slime.

I line up all my containers-recycled laundry soap containers.

These are containers I saved from when I shelled out big bucks on laundry soap.

 And get some water-since this is a concentrate, you use half soap and half water.

Pitcher of water
Then I get a funnel and start to fill them up, that simple!

Funnel to fill up laundry containers.
I get my ladle and scoop it in, it's like money in the bank! lol.

You can see how slimy it looks!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine

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

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap- top load machine

1   Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½  Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

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

Get the ingredients cheap on ebay! 

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