Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

One of my favorite Household Chores is making laundry soap. (What I dislike is using the laundry soap...)

It's very easy to make. You'll need these ingredients:

1 Fels Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax

This is what the soap bar looks like. You get a really good gel with this one, although we have used regular soap. It did work, just not quite as well.  You can find this soap at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and True Value.  Scroll down five pictures to see photos of the washing soda and Borax.

Grate the soap in a medium saucepan so it looks like this:

Cover the soap with water and mix over medium heat until all the soap is melted. It will probably get very bubbly!

Get a large, 5-gallon bucket. You can get a very inexpensive bucket from the paint dept. in Wal-Mart.  Our lid is a Gamma Lid, which comes on and off MUCH easier than the regular lid the buckets come with. You can usually buy them at the hardware store, but they are less expensive online.

This is the borax and washing soda we use.
You can get these at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, True Value, or Publix.

Pour 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax into the bucket, and then pour the hot, melted soap over it. Mix until it is well incorporated. 

Take the bucket to the sink and fill it with hot water. You may want to use a pitcher so you can leave the bucket on the floor.  Mix with a spoon. It should look something like this:

Cover and let sit for 24 hours.

After it has had a chance to gel, open the lid and take a peek:

Mix it up with your hands. Or, if you are a person who dislikes adventure or getting messy, you may use a spoon.

Your laundry soap is ready! Unlike a recipe, I can't really put "enjoy" here....
We use about one cup of this detergent for each large load, but most folks don't use nearly that much.

                                                                                                                            ~ Hayden

"But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap."
                                                                             -Malachi 3:2

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