Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
In the economy today, most of us are looking for ways to save some money. What better way to save a few bucks than to make your own laundry detergent. The recipe for homemade laundry soap is easy, and it takes less than an hour to make.
For an initial investment of about $8 you can make one batch which yields 5 gallons of laundry soap or the equivalent of 320 loads of laundry. On top of that, you will have enough left over supplies to make at least another 6 batches of the soap by just spending another $1 each time.
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 bar Fels Naptha soap
- 5 one gallon containers
To start, the Fels-Naptha needs to be broken down into small pieces. There are two easy ways to accomplish this. The soap can either be grated directly into a large stock pot or it can be microwaved. Microwaving the soap dries out the soap and it basically just falls apart.
To microwave the soap, put it in a microwave safe bowl and cook it on high in 30 second intervals. After each interval, give it a quick stir or chop to help break it up. It takes about 4 minutes to get the soap broken down into small enough pieces to use.
Once the soap is broken up, place it in a pot on the stove and add 4 cups of water.
Cook on medium low, stirring frequently, until all of the Fels-Naptha is dissolved.
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Add the Borax and washing powder and stir until it is completely dissolved.
Take the soap mixture and divide it up equally into all five of your plastic containers. The mixture will thicken up a bit, and quickly at that. It gets a cottage cheese like consistency that is difficult to pour. Just add some water when it does, and give it a quick stir when adding it to the containers.
Add water to each of the containers to fill them up all the way and give them a good shake.
The soap should thicken up overnight, and will be ready to use.
To use, shake up the laundry soap and use a ¼ cup of soap for each normal load.
The finished product takes on some interesting consistencies as it cools down. It goes from a floating cottage cheese like mixture to a lava lamp type one. By the time it’s cooled completely, it almost completely separates. It’s nothing a little shake won’t cure though.
While making the soap there is definitely a very strong soapy smell. Its best to do it on a day when you can open up the windows to help get rid of the strong odor.
This is a great project to get kids involved with. It not only teaches them about saving money, but also recycling. Helping stir the soap as it dissolves and watching the bar soap transform in the microwave is pretty cool for them too. They also can see the different consistencies the soap takes on as it cools.
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