Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
Saving money is always nice and when you're stuck pinching pennies finding better and cheaper ways to do things that you have to do no matter what can really make a difference. For our household the difference is spending around $0.99-$1.04 per month instead of $56.99+ per month buying just the cheap knockoff brands. If we were to spend the money on an even more expensive brand of laundry soap our expenses would only increase from there. The recipe is simple and there are plenty of pictures to help you along the way.
- Laundry Bar Soap (Fels Naptha)
Other things you'll need:
- Measuring Cup (4 Cup or larger and a 1/3 Cup)
Start by finely grating the Bar of Laundry Soap. Remember you only need 1/3 Bar of Laundry Bar Soap.
I mark mine after measuring 1/3.
Next put the grated soap into a pot with 6 cups of water
Heat until the soap melts evenly. It's pretty easy to tell when the soap is melted.
Next you'll add in the 2/3 Cup of Borax and the 2/3 Cup of Washing Soda.
Stir both of these into the soap until it is all evenly dissolved.As soon as the mixture is dissolved you'll need to pour it into your 5 gallon bucket. Add 4 Cups of VERY Hot Water. You'll know if your mixture is fully dissolved based on whether or not the mixture came out consistent or not when you pour it out of the pot. If there is any Borax or Washing Soda left then you didn't mix it good enough. It's not the end of the world because you can stir it more but let it be a lesson for the next time you make a batch of soap.
Stir the mixture evenly. This is your last chance to fully dissolve your mixture before letting it set.
Next you will add approximately 5 1/2 Quarts, or 22 Cups, of HOT Water to your five gallon bucket. Stir well for at least 2 minutes.
Finally place the lid on your 5 gallon bucket and let set for approximately 24 hours. At this time upon stirring the laundry soap it should have the consistency of that of store bought laundry soap.
Edited by Yung, 21 April 2014 - 01:25 AM.