June 29, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This weekend I got a lesson on being a thrifty homemaker from Susie Homemaker...AKA...my mom (who really is Susie)cdd!! My first lesson was on how to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent.



1. Grate the Fels Naptha Soap in a sauce pan. (use 1/3 of the bar)






2. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.


3. Add the Borax (1/2 cup)



3a. Add the Washing Soda (1/2 cup)


E was helping Grandma...


Stir all ingredients until dissolved.

Remove from heat.


Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket (about 2 gallon size bucket).



Now add your soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon + 6 cups of water and stir.

Let the soap sit for about 24 hours it will gel. You use 1/2 cup per load. 


*Full Recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap

1/3 bar Fels Naptha
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax Powder
Bucket (about a 2 gallon size)
*I used an old cat litter container

Grate the soap and put it into a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soap and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap stir for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use 1/2 cup per load. 

Enjoy!

*Some of the products (Fels Naptha and Washing Soda) can be hard to find. However, I did find them both on Amazon.com and at my local Walmart. 



I also want to show you how much money you are saving by making your own laundry detergent (*All prices are from my local Wal-mart).


Here are the prices of each item:

1 bar Fels Naptha (5.5oz): $.97
Washing Soda (55oz/3lbs 7oz.): $ 3.24
Boarx Powder (76oz/4lbs 12oz): $2.98
Water: FREE!

Here is the price break down per batch:

1 bar Fels Naptha: $.32
Washing Soda: $.24
Boarx Powder: $.16
That’s a total of $.72 a BATCH, which is $.02 per load (if using 1 cup).


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7 comments:

  1. Hi there- found you through the Strut Your Stuff hop and am a new follower. Thanks so much for sharing this. I am planning to get pregnant and was starting to worry about using industrial cleaners for the house...I really wan to clean naturally. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. You have great information! Did you find this saved you money? Thanks for linking up at Tasty Thursdays.
    -The How To Mommy
    http://www.thehowtomommy.com

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  3. Very cool! I've seen this before but have yet to try it. Stopping by from the Shabby Nest Party.
    I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things Friday Party going on all week!
    Be sure to enter my $50 stencil giveaway too =D
    XX
    ~Iffy~
    www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

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  4. Daphne,
    I put you in this week's Stay At Home Nation Spotlight! I can't wait to see what you link up this week @ the My Favorite Things Friday Party.
    Iffy

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  5. Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,

    Peggy

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  6. WOw - thanks for sharing this!

    Love for you to share it at my "Made by ME" Linky Party Wednesdays :)
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

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  7. Hi there! I'm visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I'd like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-13.html This would be a nice addition to our list of Fabulous Fun Stuff!

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