Let me first say that when I heard about making your own laundry soap I was like hell no that sounds ridiculous and time-consuming, why would I make it when I can just buy it from the store. So I started talking to some of my other mommy friends that make their own soap and I started researching commercial laundry detergent and I was disturbed about the additives. So I took the giant leap and purchased the products and ended up with 5 gallons of laundry detergent for less than 10 dollars and more powerful than commercial detergent. The smell and the cleaning power is so amazing it will blow your mind.
One of the numerous, out-of-the-box ways to save money is by making your own liquid laundry soap.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
(Front or top load machine-best value)
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)
*Visit the Fels-Naptha website to find a store in your area that carries the product.
**Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!