There are a ton of laundry soap recipes out there today……and to think that two years ago, I didn’t even know that you could make your own! I was turned on to making our own soap when I first started watching the Duggars. Here is the recipe that I learned on their show:
1. Grate (1) Fels-Naptha Bar into a small pot.
(I have a pot, grater and spoon especially allocated for making laundry soap)
2. Add (4) cups of hot tap water.
3. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
4. Stir and wait for it to boil.
5. Meanwhile, get out a 5 gallon bucket, with lid.
6. Measure out 1/2 cup of Borax Powder.
(I also have a measuring cup just for laundry soap)
7. Measure out (1) cup of Super Washing Soda by Arm & Hammer.
8. Add both powders to bucket.
9. Take the bucket to your tub, and fill it half way with hot tap water.
10. Bring back to kitchen, and stir with the ‘Wacking Spoon’.
Note: We call our large laundry soap stirring spoon, our ‘Wacking Spoon’. When I am feeling playful, and the kids are being goofy, I will chase them around the house trying to ‘Whack’ them on the legs and arms. Lots of laughter and squeals.
**Almost every family in the 70’s had these spoons, along with the fork to match, hanging on their walls……you can find them now in most thrift stores. They make excellent stirring spoons for the laundry soap!
11. Pay careful attention that the mixture does not boil over. Stir until dissolved.
12. CAREFULLY pour the boiling mixture into the bucket.
13. Bring the bucket back to the tub, and fill it all the way to the top with hot water.
14. Stir well.
15. Secure lid on tight.
16. Let sit overnight.
17. Take off lid.
18. Stir the mixture very well…….getting help from tiny family members as needed :-).
19. Fill any large jug, plastic or glass, half way up with hot tap water.
20. With a Sharpie, draw a half way line, for future fills.
21. Using a large funnel and the measuring cup, add the soap mixture to your jug, filling it all the way to the top.
22. For our colors I use (1) cup of homemade laundry soap in each large load of clothes, 1/2 scoop of Oxy Clean powder, and 1/4 cup of smell enhancer from Downy or Gain. We like the way the Oxy gets out grease stains, and the smell of the booster.
23. For our whites I use (1) cup of homemade laundry soap, 1/4 cup of smell enhancer, and 3/4 cup of bleach.
For our family of 6, we do 3 loads of laundry every other day. The homemade laundry soap saves us a TON of money! Now if I could just find a way to reduce my water bill!