Thursday, April 18, 2013

Liquid Laundry Soap

LAUNDRY SOAP:  Easy to Make, Inexpensive, Non-Caustic  

1/3 bar Fells Naptha *or Ivory bar or Zote bar or Castile or any homemade bar soap you like
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda *powdered sodium bicarbonate –to remove dirt & odors
1/2 cup Borax powder (a natural mineral sodium borate – a whitener & deodorizer)
2 gallon container to store it in and a ½ cup scoop for measuring
Optional:  If you want your soap to have a scent, you can add ½ to 1 oz. essential oil fragrance of your choice. Some people really like “orange” or "lavender" essential oil fragrance. Others like no scent.
Low Suds: It is an hE (high efficiency soap) and works in hE required washing machines, septics, etc. The”special” HE detergent is just another advertising mechanism to push consumers to buy “special soap” for unnecessarily high prices.
Another Alternative to purchased laundry soap:

1.  Grate/chop finely the 1/3 bar soap and put in a large sauce pan.      
2.  Add 6 cups water and heat until the soap melts.
3.  Add 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup Borax. STIR til dissolved.                   
4.  Remove from the heat.
5.  Pour 4 cups HOT water into your storage container.
6.  Now add your liquid soap mixture and stir.
7.  Add 1 GALLON plus 6 cups of water and stir.
8.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will form a watery gel. . . similar to raw egg whites or slippery Jello.
9.  You use 1/2 cup per load.

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