Home Made Laundry Deteregent

I have been making our own laundry detergent for some time now. 1, it saves us lots of money, 2 it's ecofriendly, 3 non-toxic.... etc 

I made the dry laundry soap version for some time, and now I have gradually moved onto the liquid version. I prefer the liquid version better since it's more effective and for some strange reason, I feel better when I see suds during the cycle :-)

This is from the Duggar Family Recipes. They are such a neat family! 


4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar (or any good soap)
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!!

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