Thursday, April 8, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap

Howdy! For some odd reason, my previous post on laundry soap has disappeared. The good news is that I have the recipe...the bad news is that I won't be posting any pictures today. I still have 5+ gallons of soap in my basement waiting to be used, so I don't need to make any more just yet. :o) I hope the instructions do it justice. Have fun!
4 cups of HOT water
(1) Fels-naptha soap bar, grated into small pieces
1/2 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
Large pot
5 gallon bucket with lid
1. Add grated soap bar to hot water in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until all soap is melted. (stir frequently to prevent it from sticking and burning to the pot)
2. Using the 5 gallon bucket, fill half full with hot water. Next, add the washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved.
3. Slowly add the melted soap. Mix everything very well.
4. Now, fill the rest of the bucket with hot water. Mix well.
5. Place lid on bucket and let mixture sit overnight. It will thicken up into a gel.
To Use...
Add gel mixture to a 1 gallon container (or any laundry soap container.) Fill up container with 1/2 soap gel and 1/2 water. Shake to mix.
For top-loading machines, use approx. 5/8 cup per load. Shake container well before each use.
If you prefer powdered laundry soap, all you need to do is:
Add grated soap bar, washing soda and borax. Using a food processor, mix ingredients until it makes a fine powder. Add about 1 tbsp. per load of laundry.

1 comment:

  1. Is washing soda different than regular baking soda?