I was watching my local news when they had a special about “ways to save money at home”. They had a topic on how to make home made laundry soap and a bunch of other cleaning products.
I decided I would give the laundry soap a try. They said you could make enough soap to do your entire laundry for a year for less them $3.00 I spend more then that on one bottle. That sounded great. So, I gave it a try and made it. I bought all the items needed from walmart. But I am sure most supermarket will have it. It was all in the laundry isle.
Here is what you need to make it:
A 5 gal bucket with a lid, 10 gals water, 1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar, 1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and ½ Cup Borax. You could add some lavender essential oil if you want, but this is not needed. If so use about 25 drops but not until the water has cooled.
You can use Bars of Zote Soap also.
How to make it.
Take your bar of Fels-Naptha Soap and cut it into the smallest pieces that you can. The smaller the better. You could also grate it. Add the grated soap to a mid size cooking pot about half full of water. Cook the water and soap on low to med heat until the soap becomes liquid and there are no more pieces left. It may take a little while to do this. The smaller your pieces when you start the faster it will turn to liquid. Stir this continually.
While your bar of soap is melting, fill your 5 gal bucket 1/2 way with hot tap water. Add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir until all power is dissolved. When your bar of soap is melted add it to the mixture in the bucket. Stir all ingredients until well mixed. After mixed fill the bucket the rest of the way up with hot tap water and mix again. Cover and let the bucket sit over night. At this point it will not start to look like laundry soap yet, but it will gel as it cools. The next day it will be really think and need more water. This makes a total of 10 gals of laundry soap. There is two different ways you can add the rest of the water. One, just add five more gals of water to the soap. You will need two five gal buckets that way. Or you can keep the soap as is, in the one bucket and pour it into your empty laundry container as needed. If doing this way, fill your container half with water and half with the soap mixture. Shake well before each use.
If you try this, please let me know what you think. If you have other ideas of making it, I would love to hear them. I hope this idea helps you save a few bucks at home.
If you can not find the items you needed to make the Laundry soap, you can buy it here:
Washing Soda: http://astore.amazon.com/portaltcom-20/detail/B0029XNTEU
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