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DIY Laundry Soap

I've been meaning to make my own laundry soap for a while now and I finally did it.
It was so simple and so cheap. I can't believe I didn't do it sooner.


Ingredients:
1 bar Fels-Naptha (I found mine at ACE hardware)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (this is NOT the same as baking soda)
5 gallon bucket

Using a cheese grater, grate the entire bar of soap


Dump your soap into a large pot. Add your borax and washing soda. Cover with enough water to melt the stuff in (used a gallon but you could use less if you have a smaller pot.)
Heat up your mixture and continue stirring until your soap is dissolved.





Dump you mixture into your 5 gallon bucket and fill up the rest of the bucket with water. 
Put your lid on you bucket and let it sit for 24 hours.



I poured some into an empty detergent container to make it easier to pour.
I use 1 cup per load and my clothes come out just as clean as with the store bought stuff. 

18 comments:

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  2. I use the same recipe and products. This is my favorite diy laundry recipe.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  3. I've been doing this for maybe 2 years I think? I LOVE it. It truly lasts forever! One thing I read was some people complain that their whites get dingy. Understandable because you don't have that "booster" like store-bought detergents have for brightening and such. I usually add a little scoop of OxyClean or Tide Stain Release to some of my loads (especially the loads where I know there are clothes that have gone through a lot, like the 3year olds heh). I so need to blog about this too :)

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  5. I'm all for $$saving! As the Fels Naptha melts in its pot on the stove, does it give an odor? Asthma trigger. And I have a high efficiency machine, requiring special formulas of commercial detergent. What about homemade? Don't want to flood the place with suds, lol.

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    1. My recipe is basically the same as this, but it calls for diluting it again 1/2 and 1/2 again with water then using only 1/2 c per load & half that amt with an HE machine.

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  6. @Janet Yes, it does have an odor when you are cooking. It smelled like the soap only 10 times stronger. You may look into using a different kind of soap if the Fels Naptha bothers you. My machine is also high efficiency. I did a lot of research before making this stuff. Since it does not suds up as much it should be safe to use. I've used it 3 times in my machine so far and it seems to be fine. I guess if you don't hear me complaining in the next few months about having to buy a new washer then you can assume it works. lol.

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  7. Can't beat spending only a few dollars and have it last longer than the expensive store brands. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.
    http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2012/01/link-it-up-wednesday-10.html

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  8. I really want to try this since I know it would be such a money-saver.

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  9. I can't wait to try this. Can you scent it with anything?

    Sarah @ DwellonJoy

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  10. @Sarah I'm sure you could add a few drops of essential oils to it.

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  11. I have been wanting to make this! Thanks! New Follower! Visit me at http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/

    Shay

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  12. I have been wanting to try this- maybe 2012 will be the year I finally do it! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  13. This is what I need for all the wash I do!!! and I have all those products in my house now! I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

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  14. Wow!! That’s truly inspirational.. wow!!

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  15. So resourceful. Thanks for the link up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    Pam

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  16. I made this and the finished product was like a gooey snot. Is this normal?????

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  17. I seen this recipe on the Duggar's TV show. and I was very hesitant to make it myself, but then I seen that my favorite resale store was selling this, I bought some to try it and I love it!!!! I will defenitely make this when my bottle is all gone.

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