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  • Homemade Laundry Soap

    I have been using homemade laundry soap for the last few months and I’m ready to weigh in on my opinion.  I think it cleans just as good as the soap I was using before.  I use a dry recipe becaue its easier to make.  The only problem I’ve had is that since I didn’t melt the bar soap shavings like you do with the liquid recipe, I’d often have soap shavings left stuck to my clothes when using cold water.  I learned to remedy this by putting a little hot water in the machine and adding the soap right away then letting it sit for a little bit before running the cold water in.  I’ve also thought about blending the shavings finer by running in the blender.  These are both low suds recipes that are inexpensive to make. 

    The recipe I use is:

    1 bar soap grated (I use Ivory, some recommend Fels Naptha,  I’ve heard you can use any soap but I’m a little leary of anything with color in it)

    2 cups Washing soda (not baking soda- you can find it at the Ace Hardware on West Main Rapid City)

    2 cups Borax (can be found in the laundry aisle at just about any store)

    *optional- you can add some powdered oxy clean if you want

    I just mix all the ingredients together in an ice cream bucket and use about 2 TBs per load. Mix before each use.  I just made a double batch and I plan to keep track of how many loads that does this time.  I’ll let you know.  I got 10 bars of Ivory for $3, the Borax I got for $5 (but I think I could find it cheaper) and can get about 5 batches from a box,  the Washing Soda was about $3 and I can get 3 batches from it.

    For the liquid version:

    1 bar of soap grated 

    1 cup Borax
    1 cup washing soda

    Fill a 1 gallon jug with water and pour water and grated bar of soap in a pot.  Heat until the soap dissolves.

    Add the washing soda and Borax and bring to a boil.  It will coagulate.

    Remove from heat and add 1 gallon of cold water.

    Use a funnel to pour into containers (can use old soap bottles or gallon milk jugs)

    Use about a 1/2 cup per load.  Shake before each use because it is a watery gel that separates a little.

    Thank You Why Not Sew

    Published on February 6, 2011 · Filed under: Make Your Own; Tagged as: , , ,
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