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homemade laundry soap

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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anyone got a good way to make it?
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GrandmaSherry
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM

YES!  Hubby and I made some on Thursday evening.  I use the Duggar's Recipe and I will list it here:

 

~4 cups hot tap water

~1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar

~1 cup Arm&Hammer Super Washing Soda

~1/2 cup Borax

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Instructions:

~Grate soap bar and add to saucepan of hot tap water. Stir continually over low-medium heat until all soap is melted.

~Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add the soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to the top with hot tap water. Stir and cover, let sit overnight to thicken.  It will be like a gel consistency.

~Stir and then fill a clean, used detergent dispenser half full of the mixture.  Fill the rest of the way with water.  Shake well each time before using.

~Optional:  You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once the soap has cooled.  You can add lavender, rosemary or tea tree oil.  We use tea tree oil!

All of the items were found on the laundry aisle of our local Walmart.

It costs us about $2.00 for 10 gallons of detergent.

lilamandafaith
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Can you use this is a washing machine that calls for HE detergent?

Quoting GrandmaSherry:

YES!  Hubby and I made some on Thursday evening.  I use the Duggar's Recipe and I will list it here:

 

~4 cups hot tap water

~1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar

~1 cup Arm&Hammer Super Washing Soda

~1/2 cup Borax

___________________________________

Instructions:

~Grate soap bar and add to saucepan of hot tap water. Stir continually over low-medium heat until all soap is melted.

~Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add the soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to the top with hot tap water. Stir and cover, let sit overnight to thicken.  It will be like a gel consistency.

~Stir and then fill a clean, used detergent dispenser half full of the mixture.  Fill the rest of the way with water.  Shake well each time before using.

~Optional:  You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once the soap has cooled.  You can add lavender, rosemary or tea tree oil.  We use tea tree oil!

All of the items were found on the laundry aisle of our local Walmart.

It costs us about $2.00 for 10 gallons of detergent.


GrandmaSherry
by on Apr. 24, 2011 at 12:33 AM

For front loading machines, use 1/4 cup.

For top loading machines, use 5/8 cup.

nmaxwell816
by Gold Member on Apr. 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM

I am also interested in knowing whether these tips work for he washers?

sassymomntx1961
by on Apr. 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Does the products ever have coupons for them?I have alot of old clothes thats been in my garage that were smokesmelling from a house fire about 6 yrs ago and have been in my garage since.If I can get them clean enough I would to see if dd can wear any or give them to ppl I see on freecycle that them.

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Mom2Jack04
by on Apr. 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

YES homemade detergent is safe in ALL washing machines!!!!!

My recipe is:

1 bar soap, grated, typically either fels naptha or original ivory soap

2 cups borax (or 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda)

2 cups washing soda

3.5 gallons of water.

Melt grated soap in a pot with about half a gallon of water.  Once melted pour into a 5 gallon bucket, add borax and washing soda and stir until dissolved.  Add the rest of the water and it will cool into a gel like consistancy.  If it wasn't warm/hot enough it may look lumpy, BUT it's still 100% useable.

use 1/4 cup per small/regular load, up to 1/2 cup if you stuff your machine like I do. 

Here is a video I made last month when I made my last batch:


Karens_mommy
by on Apr. 26, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Is there a difference between washing soda and baking soda?

GrandmaSherry
by on Apr. 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM


Quoting Karens_mommy:

Is there a difference between washing soda and baking soda?

Yes there is.  The Arm & Hammer Washing Soda is usually found near the detergent and is in a similar looking box as the baking soda...EXCEPT its alot larger.  It will say "Washing Soda" on the front. Made sure you use "washing soda" not baking soda. :)

bellarose1230
by on Apr. 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM
round about price how much does everything cost
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sassymomntx1961
by on Apr. 26, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Can you use this soap undiluted  for extra leaning or a stain remover?

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