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cheap laundry soap you make yourself, great for stains too

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2008 at 2:52 PM
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I know this isn't a craft but I make it and love it.  the liquid version is safe for you HE washers.  I store mine in empty plastic coffee containers.  All the ingredients can be found at most Meijers, you just really have to look for it.
Liquid Laundry Detergent
First Recipe:

3 Pints Water

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated

1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)

1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

2 Gallon bucket to mix it in

1 Quart hot water Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick.  Mix Well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Makes 64 loads. Cost per load .03.


Second Recipe:


1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap

5 gallon bucket

1 cup washing soda (Again, Arm and Hammer)

1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

4 1/2 gallons water

Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If mixture becomes too thick, add hot water to thin it to desired consistency.  May be used immediately. Mix well before each use. Use 1/2(normal) to 1 cup per load (heavy). Cost per load .04.


Powdered Laundry Detergent (My favorite)

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup 20 mule team borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light or small loads, use 1 tablespoon. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Cost per load .15.

To make a large batch - grate 6 bars of Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax.  Mix well and store in covered container.


TIP: The above recipes will NOT make suds in your washer so don't be alarmed.  Fels Naptha Soap is a pure soap and typically makes little or no suds in the water.  This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as tradional washers.  You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely.
by on Nov. 26, 2008 at 2:52 PM
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by on Nov. 30, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Wow!  This is cool!  I don't have one of those stores near me but I'm going to write down the list of ingredients and see if I can't find them!  Thanks for sharing!

by on Oct. 10, 2009 at 5:12 PM

If you could see how messy my gardening clothes become, you'll then know how much I love you for posting this!  *wink*

Angela, this is perfect!  Many thanks, darling, for sharing this wonderful recipe!


  "Bloom where you are planted."

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