Homemade liquid Laundry Soap VS Store bought liquid laundry soap

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 29-09-2012

Several months ago, wrote a post about making laundry soap.  That particular time I was making dry laundry soap and I spent about $8.00 and I had forgotten to record how many load’s it did and what not.   This time around I am doing liquid soap and I spent $12.00 to buy all the stuff and then I made a batch, a batch which is 5 gallon’s worth, cost be $2.30.  Out of that $12.00, I had enough washing soda and borax to make almost three batches, so all I have to do is buy more Fels-Naptha to make three batches, walmart sells it for $.97 a bar.  One batch I made the way it says to do it and the second batch I diluted it to make enough for two batches worth.   I did regular batch and diluted batch to see if there was a difference in how it cleaned or not.  This is the same recipe the Dugger’s use but they diluted to make 10 gallon’s of soap out of a single batch of soap mix.    I currently buy liquid laundry soap and it cost’s me $7.97 for 160 load’s worth, so if I can get the same cleanliness out of the stuff I made and the same number of load’s, it will be worth making it myself.     If you don’t want to use this particular recipe, you can try these links.  Some of the link’s are for dry soap and some are for liquid.

http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes

 

While this the link below is not for Laundry soap, I still thought it was neat and will be trying it at some point.
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/cleaningtipsandrecipes/qt/Dish_Detergent.htm

 

Liquid Laundry Soap

By kat Published: September 29, 2012

  • Yield: 5 gallon's
  • Cost: $2.30
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Ready In: 40 mins

5 gallon bucket with a lid 2 cups Borax 2 cups Washing Soda 1 Bar washing laundry soap - Walmart only had the Fels Naptha so that is what I used. Examples of laundry soap include Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirks Castile Bar Soap, or Zote. Started with grating the bar of soap - if you have a regular food processor you can use that. You definitely want it shaved. Add about 3-4 cups of water to a pot, bring to a boil, place half of your shavings in, melt, add the rest, melt. While you are melting fill your 5 gallon bucket half way up with HOT water, some say boiling some say hot tap water, i think it kinda would depend on how your tap water is. I have my water up pretty hot for the sink. so I just used the tap water. Pour 1 cup at a time the 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda. Stir and let each cup dissolve before adding the next. You will know its dissolved when you can no longer hear the gritty sand sound. Once the soap is melted pour mixture into your five gallon bucket. Stir and then fill bucket almost full (about two inches or so to the top). Give it a final stir and place the lid on it. This mixture is fairly heavy. Move the bucket to a place to sit over night. When you open your bucket you will find a thick almost jello like substance. Use your stirrer and start mixing it up. You are going to get a funky texture. It will be a little chunky... after about five minutes of mixing you will get a fairly decent consistency. At this point you can put the stuff in your bottles --- use old detergent bottles, milk jugs, juice containers.... So this makes 5 gallons of detergent. I spent about $12.00 on my supplies Next time I mix it up I will only have to buy a bar of soap. You will have enough borax and washing soda for at least 3 more batches. I have heard 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup will do the trick, but will try 3/4 cup of the mix. For those that want a smell, which is always nice. Here are some ideas from a website on essential oils to add. Flowery sweet blend: 2 parts lavender essential oil, 1 part vanilla essential oil Flowery savory blend: 2 parts lavender essential oil, 1 part rosemary essential oil Flowery fruity blend: Equal parts geranium and sweet orange essential oils Romantic blend # 1: Equal parts rose and geranium essential oils Romantic blend # 2: Equal parts jasmine and ylang ylang essential oils Herbal lemon blend: 2 parts lemon essential oil, 1 part lemongrass essential oil, 1 part chamomile essential oil Fresh citrus blend: Equal parts lemon, lemongrass, and tea tree essential oil Citrusy blend: Equal parts lemon and sweet orange oils Minty blend: Equal parts peppermint and eucalyptus oils You will need to mix/shake each time you use it.

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