Thursday, February 17, 2011

Laundry Soap

I used the recipe from the duggars website:
Colby was my handy spoon holder. Cheese!
Step 1: Grate a bar of fels-naptha soap.

Step 2: Add soap to 4 cups hot tap water. Heat, stirring constantly until melted.

Step 3: Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full with hot water, add soap to it.

Step 4: Stir in 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.

Step 5: Stir until dissolved. Then fill bucket to top with hot water. Stir. Let sit overnite to thicken.
Then you can fill a laundry jug 1/2 full with soap, then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use. A top load washer takes 5/8 cup per load, but the front load washer only uses 1/4 cup each load. 10 gallons of detergent should last us quite awhile.
This is super cheap too. I spent 1.39 for the fels-napatha, 2.79 for the washing soda and 4.29 for the borax. I have enough washing soda and borax to make several batches. I will just have to pick up a bar of soap each time. So 10 gallons =$2 or $3. Way cheaper than anything you'd buy in the store.

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