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Monday, July 14, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

I found this recipe on pinterest a few years ago and made a batch as an experiment.  I was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked and how easy it was to make.  We have 5 people in our house so our washing machine is running almost every day.  A batch of laundry soap will last approximately 9 months!   We have a HE washing machine and it's worked great for our family.  I've got three girls who play sports and a husband who works outside so we've got some pretty dirty laundry!

My ingredients.  The last time I bought detergent from the store, it came in the bucket shown in the picture.  It's the perfect size to hold this batch of detergent!  

1 76 oz. box of Borax  
1 4 lb box of Baking Soda 
1 55 oz box of Super Washing Soda
3 bars of Fels Naptha Soap
3.5 lbs of Oxiclean
1 package of laundry in wash scent booster (optional)
Approximate Total Cost:  $26.00

1.  Grate the Fels-Naptha Soap (I bought a box grater at the dollar store that is used strictly for grating the soap.) (If you don't have a grater, use a large kitchen knife to break down the bar and then chop it up as small as you can get it.)

2.  Combine the remaining ingredients, mixing well.

3.  It's ready to use!  

1 TBS per load of laundry!!

The Finished Product!!

I wrote out the recipe on top of the lid, no hunting when it's time to make more!

A batch for our family lasts approximately 9 months....not too bad for $26.00 worth of ingredients!  

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