I know DIY Laundry soap is all over the web, but I thought I would show you the kind I use anyway. A friend told me about it. At first, I was a bit skeptical but decided to give it a try cause she is a wise, "clean" person ;) and I needed soap that is dye free and scent free because of my allergies. I took the recipe she recommended and cut it in 1/4 from the original Duggar family size. After about six months of use, it has been working great to get our clothes clean, in fact works great as a pre-treatment also. It is super simple to make and costs literally pennies per load. I got all my ingredients (except the optional ingredient, essential oil) at our local ACE Hardware store. I think it cost me around $12.00 first time to get everything. The only thing I have to get every four batches is Fels-Naptha soap costing only around $2 a bar. The boxes of Borax and Super Soda will last a long time since you use only 1/4 cup and 1/8 cup per batch. This is a recipe for a small batch for 1-2 persons laundry for 2-3 months.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
What you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 of a bar of Fels Naptha soap
- 1/4 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (must be washing soda!)
- 1/8 cup Borax
- 10-15 drops of Lavender oil or essential oil of your choice (optional)
- a 5 quart ice-cream bucket
- a few gallon jugs or old laundry soap bottles to store soap in
Pour 1 cup of water into saucepan and heat over low heat.
Grate Fels Naptha soap bar and add to water. Stir continually over low heat until soap is completely dissolved. (It seems if the water is too hot the soap doesn't melt as it should, so keep the heat low.)
Next, fill the ice cream bucket half full of hot tap water, add melted soap, the 1/4 cup washing soda, and 1/8 cup of Borax. Stir well until powder is dissolved. Fill water to brim of ice cream bucket.
Cover with lid and let it sit overnight to thicken.
In the morning, stir well again. I take my hands through it to make sure there are no clumps. Pick out any clumps of soap that may not have quite dissolved. If I heat my water on a low temperature there are none but sometimes like this time I was hurrying too much and there were a few.
If you plan to put in any essential oils add them now.
For the next step I used a 3 gallon bucket and poured my soap into it. Then I added another bucket of warm tap water to it. (If you don't have a larger bucket to mix it in, you can pour the soap into your jugs or soap containers only filling half full of soap and the rest with water.)
Now you are ready to fill your jugs with fresh soap.
The finished product. And yeah I had a little fun designing my own label. ;)
One batch produced (2 small laundry soap bottles, 1 gallon jar, and part of an ice cream bucket )
Approx 2 and 1/2 gallon soap = laundry soap for 2-3 months for Josh and I.
Directions for use: 5/8 cup detergent per medium load for top loading machines or 1/4 cup per medium load for front loading
Shake before each use.
Happy soap making and Happy Monday!