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Makin' Laundry Soap!

Vic303

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Have you ever gotten tired of paying a fortune for laundry soap? Do you have a front loader and have to use low-sudsing expensive HE soap? Well, both those statements apply to me, and so whilst perusing an online forum I stumbled across a recipe tutorial on how to make your own gel laundry detergent for cheap.

 

I watched the video a couple times, and thought, "Hey I can do that!". So I went out with Monkeys in tow this past week and bought my supplies.

You will need:

1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 5 gallon bucket with lid

1 box 20 Mule Team Borax

1 bar Fels Naptha soap

A measuring cup, a wisk to stir with, a pot to boil in, water and a cheese grater.

 

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First take the bar of Fels Naptha and the grater and grate the soap all up. You can use either the large grate or small, it doesn't really matter. While you are doing this, put 4 cups water in your pot and bring it to a boil.

 

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Now add your grated soap to the pot of boiling water slowly, and stir with your wisk, until the soap all dissolves. When you are done, it will look like this.

 

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Then dump it into the bucket. Fill the bucket in the bathtub, half full of HOT tap water. Now add your 1/2 cup of Borax and stir well. Now add your 1 cup of washing soda, and stir well. You will notice it foams a little with the washing soda, and starts to thicken some. Be sure to stir it well from the bottom of the bucket to mix it well.

 

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Once you have mixed it well, then you fill the bucket to about an inch or two from completely full, and stir some more. Then seal the lid on top, and let it sit overnight to cool and gel. When you check it the next day, it will be a semi-firm gel that stirs easily by hand and reliquifies as you stir it. Mix it well, especially from the bottom up, as the particulates can settle a bit.

 

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Now all you do, is take your dispensing container (old laundry soap bottle is perfect), and fill it half full of the gel goo. Add more water to the bottle, till full, and shake well. Measure out 1/4 cup of the diluted soap mix for a full load of laundry, and wash! This recipe will yield approximately 10 gallons of laundry soap!



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Where can I purchase Fels Naphtha soap? It has been all of 50 years since I have seen it. Used to go to Canada to buy it and Lifebuoy soap too, not we need a passport to go the 50 miles to Canadaand the gov wants too much info that I refuse to do it. sunnie

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I get mine at Ace Hardware, or Wamart, in the laundry supplies aisle. BTW I am just now finishing the last of that first 5gal bucket of soap, and we do a LOT of laundry here. This mix is a surefire money saver!

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