Monday, December 28, 2015

Homemade Laundry Soap

Nope, that's not cheese! It's Fels-Naptha soap. I'm sharing a different type of recipe with you today! Homemade Laundry Soap. I asked my Fairy Godmother if she could teach me how to make this. It's so easy and seriously costs less than $1. How can you beat that?! We've been making this soap for about a year now, and haven't missed the old store bought soaps. Do you make your own soap?

Here's what you'll need:

Homemade Laundry Soap
makes approximately 2 gallons (64 loads) Recipe can be doubled.
Lehman's recipe

1/2 bar Fels-Naptha soap, grated
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 borax

On your stovetop, place grated soap in a large pan with 6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) of water and heat until the soap melts.
Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. 
Pour 4 cups hot water into a 4 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and stir well, then add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir again until mixed well. Let soap sit for about 24 hours; it will congeal into a gel.
Stir the soap before each use. Use 1/2 cup per load (a little more or a little less depending upon how soiled your laundry is.)

Please note: This is a low-sudsing soap, so you will not see bubbles or suds in the water! Its not the suds that do the work, its the ingredients! :)

Scented soap: If desired, use 1/2-1oz essential oil or fragrance oil. DO NOT use soap scents or they ruin the batch!

My Fairy Godmother stirring the batch of soap!
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1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I had no idea how to do this. Pinning to share.
    Thank you for linking up with us for Brag About It and Happy New Year!