30 Aug 2011, 4:56pm
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  • MIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

    I am a happy woman.  Today, I made my own laundry soap!  I was supposed to do it over the weekend but got really busy; I now see that I totally could have done this even as busy as my schedule was.

    Start to finish 22 min.  22!  I now have 10 gallons of liquid detergent which yields 180 loads.  The ingredients cost me approx. $5.

    Being crunchy like this is fun.  It’s easy.  And the wallet breathes a sigh of relief.

    I grated the Fel’s bar.  That only took me three minutes.  It looks a little like cheddar cheese, doesn’t it?

    After I melted the Fel’s bar in the four cups of water, I poured it in my five gallon bucket along with the rest of the ingredients.  At this point, I had spent 20 minutes working with the grated laundry bar.  It took a while to melt.

    The last two minutes:

    Took the bucket back to my tub, filled it the rest of the way with hot water and let it set.  It will stay there over night.  Tomorrow I will fill gallon jugs to make storage easier.  Living with five gallons of laundry soap in my tub isn’t going to work.

    When the water has cooled to room temp, I’m going to add some essential oils.  I picked lemon.  We like lemon.  We like citrus-y smells.  The website suggests tea tree oil, rosemary or a couple others.  But choose what works!

    Here is the Duggar Family recipe that I used.

    4  Cups – hot tap water
    1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

    -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

    -Stir and 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)

    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

    -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)

    *Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

    NOTE: ™ = Trademark. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. Results may vary. All recipes are valid for non-commercial useotherwise written permission must be obtained from the The Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Family. © Copyright 2011

    30 Aug 2011, 6:46pm
    by Heidi Lucille


    The Duggars are awesome! I really like watching their show too…I remember watching them make this soap on one of their episodes. :o )

    30 Aug 2011, 6:50pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    I haven’t watched any of their episodes, a friend at church told me about them. She lived 45 min from their car lot and would see them all the time. She makes this soap and encouraged me to give it a go. I can’t wait to wash my clothes! Hahah.

    Looks like fun! So many weird chemicals in store bought detergents, some of them make me itch like crazy. Probably allergic to something in them. Will have to give this a try.

    30 Aug 2011, 9:46pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    To be honest, this smells great, already. I haven’t even put in the essential oils in, yet. I’m sure you could cook this up and your skin and be just fine with it. It doesn’t seem like an abrasive mixture at all.

    AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to do mine! I’ve been so busy this week. I’m hoping I can catch a few minutes tomorrow to do it!

    31 Aug 2011, 12:07am
    by Mommy Hobbies


    It feels SO rewarding. 22 minutes well spent.


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