Monday, February 6, 2012

Funday Monday: DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

So I thought to make Mondays fun and motivating I can start a post of Funday Monday. It's a post about DIY projects to inspire others. Feel free to leave links to your projects and ideas! :)

Today is DIY Liquid Laundry Soap. (Makes 10 gallons)

To begin you will need:

5 gallon bucket (I got mine at Home Depot for under $5)
4 cups hot tap water
Bar of Fels-Naptha soap bar (found in laundry section) (I also used a small bar of Ivory for the smell)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (This is NOT baking soda. You need the washing soda from the laundry section) 
1/2 cup Borax

 1. Grate the soap and add it to the pot of hot tap water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Pour in the melted soap, washing soda, and borax. Stir until well combined and powder is dissolved.

3. Fill the bucket to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.

4. The next morning it will look yellow and kind of chunky. Stir it well.  Fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel).

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

This soap should last you quite a while. I love the smell and it really cleans my clothes. I also use vinegar as my fabric softener. I am now trying to find a DIY dryer sheet to make the clothes smell extra nice. :) 

Have a Blessed Day


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