Friday, July 8, 2011

Laundry Soap {$Home Made$}

So I have been asked a few times about the laundry soap I made. I got my recipe from ~Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling~ I added a few of my own notes and comments. The most common question I get is about stains, do they come out good. I am still using Spray & Wash and I have no problems with stains, however once it runs out I plan on using white distilled vinegar and the box of Borax and Army & Hammer Super Washing Soda come with suggestions on their box for stain removal. The laundry soap should last me about a year or more and when it's time to make more I only need to purchase the Fels-Naptha soap bar {which is . 79cents to 1.00 at Wal-mart.} Pretty cheap laundry soap!!

4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax (I used 1 cup Borax)

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel, mine is still a little chunky but I was told it would do that and I haven't had any problems)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil. {I didn't add this because I like the lemon smell and I had NO idea where to find the oil. Everywhere I looked it said it would change the color of clothes and to keep it away from clothing... so I just passed and the lemon smell was pretty good in my opinion.}

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)


I also made my own dryer sheets, which I got from the same post at ~ Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling ~. I 100% LOVE these! I save money and the earth at the same time! This is sooo easy!!! I didn't want a 5 gallon bucket of this so I bought a small storage container from Wal-Mart that would sit on the dryer for easier use. I think I paid $2 something for it.

60 .oz bottle of cheapest softener @ Wal-mart $2.47.  6 pack of sponges $1.00 Dollar Tree!

1 part Fabric Softener

2 parts water

Throw your sponges in a bucket

When it's time for the dryer, ring out a sponge and toss it in as a homemade dryer sheets.  After your load dries toss is back in your bucket/container!

 The inside! 
This is how it sits on my dryer ready for use!

[Credit for this post: ~ Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling ~ I certainty take no credit for this except for my own fixings and editing I did] 


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