Saturday, March 10, 2012

Liquid Laundry Soap

I have been seeing a lot of liquid laundry soaps that don't take as much ingredients as my dry soap so I thought I would give it a try and see what happens. So far I have liked my soap and am having a great time using it. It is always fun to use something that you have made yourself and on top of that know that you are saving your family tons of money.  (refer to end of post for condensed version)

Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup bar soap, grated I use Fels Naptha I've also heard of Castle Soap and Ivory being used
1 cup Borax
1 quart boiling water
Large bucket
5 Gallons of Hot Water minus the 1 Quart of Boiling water 

The Directions:

In a medium sized pot boil Washing Soda, cup of shredded bar soap, cup of Borax and the quart of water stirring until all of the bar soap is melted. Then you can either add this to your 5 Gallon bucket or Super Large Stew pan like I have.   I used the sprayer from our sink to do this. You could also use a shower hose or add a gallon at a time until full. Stir in really well and let the mixture sit with the lid on for 24 hours (this  heps it to gel) and return to stir it up again really well.  For this you can use a paint stick or any kind of long clean stick. Then all you need is 1/3 cup or up to a half cup for really dirty or large loads. You can use what ever you want to store it in but we like the water jug with the spout the best. I store the rest in my pot with a lid on top. If you try this yourself please let me know. If you try the other soaps that I mentioned let me know about that as well. Its so good to hear from my readers.

My 5 Gallon Pot

I stored some of it in a water container
with spout and added
 a hook on the side for my 1/3 cup
 measuring cup to hang
 If you do this make sure you
unscrew the lid on top
 a little so that the soap can go
 through the spout.

Little by little we are making helpful changes. How about you? Have you made the change to homemade?

UPDATE: The last way we made this soap was to condense it all into one quart jar. This way is a lot easier and takes up a lot less space. 

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