Sunday, September 4, 2011

homemade laundry soap

my sister and i have been making the duggar family laundry soap for about 2 years
this stuff is pretty awesome and very cost effective. 
my sis has 5 kiddos and one batch can last her almost a year! 

we've found it to be awesome for sensitive skin, and it can also be jazzed up a bit with essential oil. 
i normally use tea tree oil, but want to try lavender one of these times.

it's rather easy, here's what you'll need

1- 5 gallon painters bucket with lid
1- fels-naptha soap bar
1cup- arm&hammer super washing soda (baking soda will not work)
1/2cup- borax

grate the fels-naptha bar and put in a saucepan with water (about 4 cups) 
stir continually over medium heat till it melts

fill the 5 gallon bucket half full with hot water, add melted fels-naptha, borax, and washing soda.
stir well, till everything is dissolved. Then fill the rest of the bucket with hot water and mix a bit more.

this will need to sit over night to thicken
to use: fill an empty and cleaned out old laundry soap container half full fill the rest with water.
shake well before each use.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

give it a try! 
i'm pretty sure you'll love it as much as we do.

*note* this soap will not bubble up like other detergents.... you do NOT need to keep adding more soap. 
(love you mother!) ;)


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