DO IT YOURSELF LAUNDRY SOAP! :)
I came across this recipe on my new favorite site pinterest.. if you've never heard of it, it is AMAZING! I absolutely love that site ha ha. Check it out here.. www.pinterest.com you need and invite to join so if you are interested let me know and I'll be so glad to invite you! :)
ANYWAYS.. back to the laundry soap..
Here is a list of the ingredients you'll need to have:
* Borax ($3.99 at Walmart)
* Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ($3.99 at Walmart)
***DO NOT GET BAKING SODA!***
Fels-Naptha Soap Bar ($.97 at Walmart)
***I found these three items right next to each other on the laundry isle.***
5-gallon bucket with a lid ($4.00 at Home Depot)
10 gallon milk jugs (or any other containers) that have been cleaned and rinsed
***the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up***
OPTIONAL: Essential Oil Drop for fragrance (I didn't add this, so I'm not sure how much it costs)
For A Grand Total Of: $8.10 for 640 loads (180 loads in a top-loading machine). That's like a penny a load! And the savings are even better the next time you make it because all you'll have to buy is the Fels-Naptha soap bar! AMAZING!
Grate the entire bar of Fels-Naptha soap.
Put in a pot with 4 cups of hot water. Stir continuously over medium-low heat until all of the soap flakes have dissolved and melted. (about 10-15 minutes).
(Chunks & Flakes)
It should be slightly foamy with no “chunks” or flakes to be found.
(No Chunks & Flakes)
Fill a 5-gallon bucket half-full of hot water.
Pour in the soap mixture. Add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 1/2 cup of Borax .
***My dad had a paint mixer that hooks to a drill so we used that. If you don't have one you can just use the end of your broom. You just need something that will reach the bottom of the bucket***
Fill the rest of the 5-gallon bucket up with water.
Then stir again.
**It should be all foamy**
Cover and let sit over night.
After you've let it sit over night it should have gelled and lightly thickened.
Use a funnel to fill a clean laundry detergent container (or gallon-size milk jug). Only fill it HALF way up with the soap mixture. Fill the other HALF with water and shake.
**OPTIONAL: Attach a homemade tag using packing tape**
* Instruction's for use of laundry soap*
-Shake well before each use
-Use 1/4 cup for an HE machine
-Use 5/8 cup for a regular machine
-Use stain remover for tough stain
The lady I got this from did a comparison to tide and posted pictures.
So I borrowed them to show you! :)
As you can see it does just as good as tide! :)
The best part it took only about 45 minutes to make!