Make your own laundry soap and save money
Step one: Select a pan large enough to hold 4 cups
of water and a bar of Fels-naptha bar soap
The pan that I use is one that I always use to make my laundry soap, and don’t use it for anything else. I don’t prefer using pans with Teflon or any non stick material. They are porous and I would be afraid couldn’t be used for anything else.
Step two: Pour 4 cups of hot tap water into the pan
Step three: Grate the whole bar of Fels-Naptha into
the pan (this is incredibly tedious and if
you have another idea that would have
the same results, I would love to hear it.
Step four: Heat up the water and bar of Fels-Naptha
until it is completely melted. Be sure to stir.
Step five: While you are melting the Fels-Naptha, fill
the 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap
Step six: Measure out 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and add it to the water in the 5 gallon bucket
Step seven: Measure out 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax and add it to the water in the 5 gallon bucket.
Step eight: After adding the Super Washing Sodaand the Borax, stir them in the bucket. *
Step nine: By now the Fels-Naptha should be melted. Pour it into the 5 gallon bucket and stir.
Step ten: Add hot tap water to the 5 gallon bucket, filling it to the top. (Leave room for moving it so it
Step eleven: After stirring the mixture, put a lid on the bucket, and let it stand over night to thicken.
Step twelve: Once you have waited for the mixture to thicken over night, and it has thickened, stir it up again to loosen it up. Now you can enjoy using it!
To use: Be sure to dilute half (1 part) soap & half (1 part) water. I use an old fabric softener bottle and dilute it.
For my family of 6, this 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap (which turns out to 10 gallons once you have diluted it) lasts us 8 months. I do at least 22 loads of laundry a week, so this is astounding!
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