Make it Monday: DIY Laundry Detergent + Shark Pro Steam & Spray Review
Liquid Laundry Detergent
4 Cups – hot tap water, plus almost 5 gallons
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda!)
1⁄2 Cup Borax
– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted. * Tip* if you put the bar of soap in the freezer before hand it’s easier to grate, i found the soap bar at walmart for $1.97 in the laundry soap isle next to the borax and washing soda.-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-I used a plastic pitcher to keep in the laundry room and store the bucket with the rest of the recipe in the garage. This soap does settle so when you go to do laundry you have to shake it once or twice before use. The initial investment is around $10 to buy all the ingredients and the bucket, but once you have the borax and washing soda you only have to re-purchase the fels-naptha bar for the next time since you use so little of the other ingredients.
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil. ** i use the gain scent booster pellets with this laundry soap because I like a really strong scent with my laundry- however others I know don’t use anything and its just fine.
-I have been using this soap now for years and i love it. It works, its so inexpensive and it makes me feel good that I made it 🙂
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 5 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 1/4-3/8 Cup per load -Front Load Machines- 1⁄8 Cup per load