Random Ramblings: { HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP }

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


If you would have told me several years ago that one day I would make my own laundry soap, I would not have believed it.  But I am here today to say it is true.  Just recently I made our own laundry soap. I have been wanting to do it for so long but just would forget one ingredient or another.  Finally about a month ago I got all the stuff at Walmart.  Even the bucket. 

Here is the recipe I used
4 cups hot water
1 bar felsnaptha
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not detergent)
1 CUP Borax
(2) 5 gallon buckets with lids
Grate bar of Felsnaptha and add to saucepan with water. Stir continuously over medium-low heat until soap disovles and is melted.
Fill one of the buckets half way with hot water.
Add melted soap mixture, borax and washing soda.
Stir until all powder is dissolved.
Fill bucket to top with more HOT water.
Stir, cover and let it sit overnight to thicken.
It will become like jello.
Use your hands to mush it up and squeeze it. Until it looks like egg drop soup.
Pour half into the other 5 gallon bucket.
Add water to the top of each and mix.
*** OR if you don't have another bucket you can fill old detergent buckets half way with the soap and fill the other half up with water. Then shake before each use.
**Optional.. you can add 10-15 drops of essential oils per 2 gallons. Add once the soap has cooled.

Yield : Makes 10 gallons.
Use 5/8 cups per load.

This is the felsnaptha grated.  It looks like cheese all grated up. Do not eat it though. 

Here it is during the melting process.

This is what it looks like after it gels overnight.  Like a big glob of jello

This is what it looks like after you smoosh it all up with your hands.

On the day it was finally done I  used a funnel to add the mixture to all of my empty laundry soap bottles.  I got 6 filled and still have 2.5 un diluted gallons of soap mixture.  So still about 5 gallons worth of soap. 
Here they are all filled up. Some are Tide botles and some are ALL, and the pink and white is baby ALL.  Which is a bigger bottle than all the rest. 

Since I didn't have 2 large buckets to mix mine in, I only filled the bottles half way up then filled it the rest of the way with water.  Then I gave it a good shake.  Works just the same if you ask me. 

Have you made anything like this before? 
I am considering making some fabric softner next... we shall see. 

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