November 7, 2008

Homemade laundry detergent

So here I am again, making another attempt at
homemade laundry soap. The first try, I did powdered
detergent, and didn't get the soap grated fine enough.
This time, I did liquid, and after about 8 loads of laundry,
I'm pleased to say that I'm happy with the results.
I still need to treat stains, but overall, this cleaned well .
I like that it isn't a very sudsy soap either.
This is not my own original recipe. I found
it online.
Homemade liquid laundry soap

Ingredients:
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
½ 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 five-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. (It will gel.)
Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons.
Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
Top-load machine: 5/8 cup per load (approximately 180 loads).
Front-load machine: ¼ cup per load (approx. 640 loads).

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