Homemade Laundry Soap that Really Works

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Frugal Homemade Laundry Soap
that really works.

Make 5 gallons of Laundry Detergent/Soap. It’s so easy and FRUGAL to make your own laundry soap with just a few ingredients and a little bit of time.

I have tried dozens of homemade laundry detergent recipes and this one is by far my favorite.

Wash your clothes for about 5 cents per load

Ok, what you need:
1- 5 gallon bucket  — get one free at almost any restaurant
1 – heaping cupful of shredded soap
(use a natural product without the harmful chemicals)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule TeamBorax
a pot and some water

Optional ingredients:  Mela-Brite or other stain remover (laundry booster, or brightener), and glycerin

Swift Creek-20130207-001171 heaping cupful of shredded soap.  A lot of recipes call for 1 bar or 1/2 bar or 1/3 bar, but soap bars come in a variety of sizes.  Just use one heaping/overflowing cupful of your shredded soap.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, while the water is coming to a boil, put your shredded soap, borax, and washing soda in the 5 gallon bucket.  Add the boiling water to the 5 gallon bucket and stir it until the soap is dissolved.   Let that sit until it cools, I usually let it sit until the next day.
The next day you will see that your mixture is gelatinous, or maybe even a little on the Swift Creek-20130208-00128stiff side. Mix this up until it is creamy.  I use a wand blender, but you can use any kind of mixer or even a whisk.  After that is totally mixed and creamy fill the 5 gallon bucket with hot water while you are still mixing.
You will have a lot of suds, that’s ok, just let it settle down then you’re done.  You can put this in 7 or 8 large laundry detergent bottles that you have gathered or just use it straight from your 5 gallon bucket.  Use about 1/2 cup per wash load.

Swift Creek-20130207-00114Tips:
I like to shred 3 or 4 bars of soap at a time and store it in a jar so I only shred soap a couple times a year.
These are Rose Petal and Lavender from One With Nature. I also like to use Dr. Bonner’s and Kiss My Face.  I also get around to making my

Swift Creek-20130207-00118 Swift Creek-20130207-00121own soap every once in a while.  I mix aromas to my liking.  So work with it until you find a couple of favorites.
When shredding my soap I use a Salad Shooter with the grating blade.  You can certainly use the old style knuckle buster if you like.  I personally don’t like that kind.  🙂

This recipe makes 5 gallons and you use about 1/2 cup per load, the cost per load depending on your soap choice and the price of borax and washing soda turns out to be about 3 – 5 cents per load.

******* two little extra optional steps******** if you like to add a little more stain remover cleaning power to your homemade detergent, you can add it while you are filling the bucket with water.  I use a lot of Melaleuca products so at this point I like to add about 1 cup of MelaBrite to my mixture.  This only increases the cost per load by a couple of cents and I like the added cleaning power.
I also like to use glycerin, usually just a couple of ounces.  Glycerin doesn’t help with the cleaning power.  Glycerin helps with the “texture”of the liquid, it helps the mixture pour more smoothly and not be lumpy or slimy.  If you don’t use it and find that your mix is a bit lumpy or slimy, just shake the bottle before each use.
By the way…. I love Melaleuca’s MelaPower for laundry but I am frugal and this recipe is a great one for a fraction of the cost.
I use plenty of other Melaleuca products and pay the price for them because they are good and worth it.

If you are interested in more information about Melaleuca Products, please leave a comment message for me, and I will get back with you with information.

Nix the Fels Naptha:
Nearly every homemade recipe you will see on homemade laundry soap says use Fels Naptha.  I don’t use Fels Naptha that I see in so many of the homemade recipes due to the fact that when you look Fels Naptha’s safety sheet it has ingredients and chemicals that I don’t want in my laundry soap.  It is even stated on Dial Corp. website that Fels Naptha is a skin irritant.  So if you choose to make your laundry soap to be frugal that’s great, but don’t go the route of using a strong chemical that you don’t want on your skin or your children’s skin.

Spend $20.00 per year on laundry soap
At  under 5 cents per load with using a good quality soap go ahead and splurge.  I have found that if I buy 3 good quality bars of soap, borax, and washing soda, melabrite, and gylercin it will cost about $20.00 and that will last our family of 6 for at least a year.

Swift Creek-20130208-00131Hope you have a wonderful time saving money on laundry soap.
Share your recipe too.

I use this recipe for my HE washer.  It has a lot of bubbles while you are making it, but that’s from the mixing.  It does not suds a lot while in your washer.



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Hey Y'all, I'm Debra, Southern but not a Charmer - A little bit opinionated, a little bit stubborn, a little bit strong willed, and a little bit witty. Homemaker & Homeschooler - Enjoys Cooking and Crafting but not Cleaning - Never enough time to do it all - Gotta have Coffee, Chocolate, Good Books, Flipflops, and the occasional Sweet Tea- Runner Wannabe - Finding and claiming balance between healthier options for home and body, but not being a slave to those choices. Lover and Follower of Jesus, it's a relationship not a religion.
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