Recently Updated: 10/06/2015
Looking for an easy way to save $100 or more a year on laundry soap? Here's a great solution making #homemade #laundry #soap.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap:
safe for HE machines (non-sud)
2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup A&H Super Washing Soda
1 bar Fels Naptha or other laundry bar soap
1 box (16 oz) of baking soda
optional: add any scented essential oils my faves our lemongrass and lavendar, or scented powder laundry soap found in the cleaning isle.
How to make:
1. fill a boiler with water put on med high heat until boiling
2.grate laundry bar soap and add to boiling water, lower stovetop to med heat and slowly boil allowing the soap to dissolve this process should take atleast 5 minutes for best results
2. get a 5-10 gallon container with a lid or trash can and fill 1/4 way with warm-hot water, add your other ingredients and mix for 2 minutes until fully dissolved with a long stirrer
3. add your dissolved soap (you can add scented laundry powder or essential oils if you prefer)
fill 1/2 full with warm water, stir well
4. cover and let gel over night 24hours
5. stir laundry soap (it will be a thick concentrated gel) fill to brim with warm water stirring and then you can use as usual or you can pour into empty laundry containers or other containers of preference. this lasts our family for a year unless i give some away or sale some which i usually do. it really depends on the size of your family and volume of laundry you wash. This lasts my family of 2 adults and 2 toddlers for one year, costing us: $9.50 but box of washing soda and borax will last 5 batches.
Here's a how to video: http://www.truthandaction.org/diy-time-homemade-laundry-detergent-20-cents-gallon/
Possible Questions Answered: How much do I use?: to start I only use cold water, and i always wash an extra large load, i add 2 scoops per xlarge load, plus 1 scoop of distilled vinegar per stinky load (peed on or soiled underwear, smelly work clothes). For my husbands greesy work clothes I use 4 scoops of the laundry soap plus 2 scoops of vinegar and I wash on extra-clean (15 min. for the extra smelly, soiled, or dirty clothes) or regular clean (9minutes) for all regular dirty clothes.
the total cost for the ingredients which will give you several batches of liquid laundry soap is: $4 each for the washing soda and borax, $1-$2 for the bar of laundry soap, and .50-$1 for the baking soda so total cost to get started is: $9.50- $11 and then all you will need to buy for the 2nd-5th batch is your soap and baking soda so it will only cost you an additional: $1.50-$3. Isn't that great!!
My Savings:Before making my own laundry soap i bought A&H Liquid which cost $7.50 and would last me 2 weeks so I spent $15 per month on laundry soap so that's $190 per year plus I used hot-water and bleach. I discovered that you can use cold water only and your clothes will still get clean with this laundry soap and vinegar is a great bleach alternative. I do bleach our socks and undergarments twice a year with lavendar bleach and hot water because I find it freshens them and maybe it's just out of habit but that's my little thing I do.