Tuesday, January 6, 2009

homemade laundry soap

I make my own laundry soap. I love it. It is non sudsing and it cleans my clothes without the added extra scents that regular detergents leave behind. Plus it is great for my sensitive skin.

The recipe I use:

1/2 bar Fels Naptha Soap grated (I use a grater I got at dollar store cause it seems to retain soap taste)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
big pot
5 gallon bucket
water

put 4 cups water & grated soap in big pot and cook over low heat until all mixed (stir a lot)
once soap is dissolved add 1 cup borax
stir

pour mixture into 5 gallon bucket
add 3 gallons hot water from tap
stir
stir in 1 cup washing soda
mix well
add about 4 cups cold water
mix again

let set 24 hours, stir every few hours

this will be a gel, not really liquid or solid

This can fill 3 empty 100oz. laundry detergent bottles, and then some. Great cost, great product. No suds, but cleans great. Takes a little time to make but it is cheap and effective!

to use: start wash cycle, stir or shake laundry soap
add 1/2 cup laundry soap to washer
let fill with water at least half way
add clothes

Email me if you have any questions. -Becky

2 comments:

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I am glad you posted these!! THANKS!

Ira said...

A low cost, green eco friendly, healthy natural way to do laundry is to put 3 or 4 soapberries in the wash. They grow on the Chinaberry tree and have been used for thousands of years. They work very effectively.