For about 4 years now I have been making my own laundry soap. I found many different recipies on Pinterest but i never seemed to really like any of them. I FINALLY found one on http://whynotsew.blogspot.com . I still wasn't 100% thrilled with it but that is just because i am picky about my soap. I took this recipe and changed it a little to suit me.
Ingredients:
*1 bar of soap (I use Ivory)
*1 cup of Borax
*1 cup of washing soda
*big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)

*BIG bowl or second pot
*grater
*funnel
*long spoon
*4 empty gallon jugs

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Bring a gallon of water to a boil while grating a bar of soap
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After your water is boiling add the 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda, stir until dissolved
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After the borax and washing soda have dissolved add in the soap shavings and turn the heat off. Stir until the shavings have dissolved.
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Pour half of the mixture into another bowl. then add 1 gallon warm water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to about room temp. (repeat with the soap mixture in the second bowl)
After your soap gets to a warmer temperature where it won't melt the container you are using go ahead and put it in. (If you let it cool too much it can be very difficult to get it into the container.) Don't forget to use a funnel!!
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I use a fridge water container to hold laundry soap, and i store it on top of the washer so i can just pull open the soap drawer and pull up the little tab and that's it, no measuring cups or anything! Of course all 4 gallons of soap won't fit in this container so i keep the extra in empty milk jugs under the stairs (Make sure you label them!!)
I get about 800 loads out of 4 gallons of laundry soap. The cost to make the soap is $6, so that is $1.50/gallon and i use 1/2 cup per load which is about 5 cents!

Please leave your comments, I would love to know if this tutorial helped you make your detergent! 


 


Comments

12/21/2016 4:29pm

This is really resourceful of you! Actually this is a really good idea. And what's more, is that you can actually save a few dollars. And you can control the ingredients that you will use in your detergent, like on how strong the detergent you want to be or how fragrant you want it to be. I want to try this one out! Where can I buy Borax? Or can use other soap besides ivory? Anyways, thank you for sharing this idea to us!

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04/16/2017 2:40am

I never knew that laundry soap can be made at home. I think the advantage of DIYs is that you can control the right combination that you need instead of buying finished product at the market. DIYs can be cheaper at cost too! The only thing that I think can be disadvantageous here is that there are lots of things to do, it may overwhelm you or whatever. This is really cool. I am really amazed by this.

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Once I thought about things like why such information is for free here? Because when you write a book then at least on selling a book you get a percentage. Thank you and good luck on informing people more about it!

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02/14/2017 12:59am

This tutorial is very valuable for me. I will try to make this DIY soap too!

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03/16/2017 5:08am

Does it clean well? I need to test it activity.

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    Caroline Rose

    I am a work-at-home mom! I love using my craft skills to come up with ways to better not only my budget but also help the environment. It is my goal here to help anyone who wants to be able to stay at home with their family or even just help the environment to do so! I will be posting things like activities you can do with your little one (or as a family), my hand sewn projects, dinner ideas and even homemade versions (ones i have tried anyways)!


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