Money Saving! Money Saving!! It’s a hobby of mine! This is a HUGE ONE for me. With a family of 9 doing laundry is constant!! I’m talking about at least 2 or 3 loads a day….sometimes more. (everyday!!!) So laundry soap can really add up!
Depending on the brand you use whether name brand or off brand…..it adds up! This recipe is something I’ve used for around 3 years now. And boy have I have saved a ton of money! It’s costs me roughly $2.00 to make a huge 5 gallon bucket of detergent.
Now let me add…it did take time to get used to. It doesn’t LOOK or FEEL like your regular detergent, but what I can tell you it DOES clean your clothes. I have some messy kids (and husband) and it really does clean.
I’m the kind of person who really doesn’t like to do extra if I don’t have to *grin* so when it comes to making this detergent…I was like “I don’t need one more thing to do” ya know? But it’s VERY SIMPLE and I’ve made it so many times it’s pretty quick and easy and simple to do. (Especially if you have your kids grate the soap…..ha ha ha he he!)
Here is what you need:
- 5 gallon bucket with lid
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing soda (not baking soda)
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap ( or Ivory soap)
- cheese grater
Here’s how you do it…..
- Grate up the Fels-Naptha soap just like you would cheese. (it will actually look like cheese)
- Boil water in a big pot and slowly add the sprinkles of the soap, slowly stirring as it melts
- Continue until you have melted the whole bar.
- Pour the melted soap water into a 5 gallon bucket
- Fill up bucket with water as you add in the next 2 ingredients (keep stirring)
- Add one cup of borax (stir)
- Add one cup of washing soda
- Fill bucket with water while you stir until it almost reaches the top.
- Put lid on the top of the bucket and let it sit until the next day.
This will give it a chance to gel up. You can either pour into a smaller container (save one of your old laundry soap containers) Or do like I do…..I just scoop out about 3/4 cup to 1 cup of soap per load.
*With this recipe you can also add essential oils like lavender or another scent of your choice. This is something I don’t do, but it’s up to you and your preference.
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