I’m not posting anything that is groundbreaking here folks. I’ve seen it before (here and here and plenty of other natural family living blogs!). I’d been thinking of giving it a try for, oh, 3 years or so. But my sis-in-law brought me all the ingredients, so it was time to just do it!
Homemade Laundry Soap
One bar Fels Naptha or Castile Soap
One cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Borax
Grate the bar of soap into a saucepan and add 4 cups of water. Heat over medium until all of the soap is melted. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full with hot water. Add your washing soda and borax, stir until dissolved. Once the bar soap is melted, add it to your 5 gallon bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket up and let sit the afternoon or overnight. After sitting it will become more gel-like. Use 1/4 cup for a front loader and 5/8 cup for a top loader. The total cost of 5 GALLONS of laundry detergent? $3. Unbelievable!
*I mixed up only 2 gallons at a time…I wanted something smaller and more manageable in my small laundry room.
*I also poured some soap into an old laundry detergent jug to make dispensing easier. In hind site I think that next time I’ll pour it in as a liquid and let it gel in the jug….probably be a lot less messy!
It has been doing a great job all week cleaning mountains of laundry. Now if it could only put the laundry away…..