Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Now I'm sure we all like to save money; I know I do. So when I hear of a good idea, I love to pass it on to all my girlfriends.

This money-saving tip is "how to make your own laundry soap". At first I thought the idea sounded crazy and that the people who did this probably didn't have very clean clothes. I heard of it a few more times before I read about it in the Duggar's book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting. Then the idea started to grow on me, but it still sounded somewhat complicated. Finally, a few weeks ago, I talked to a friend in Kentucky who has been using it for quite some time and even sells it. Homemade Laundry Soap! Sells it! (For the buyer, doesn't that defeat the purpose of trying to save money? Oh well!) Penny and I talked about it and she assured me it really works! So off to the supermarket I went to buy the needed supplies. I was so excited to start this adventure. I made the laundry soap and have used it ever since. It works great! After a few modifications to the "recipe", we are completely satisfied and I can't believe how much money I am saving. It works out to cost only pennies a load. Now you can't beat that price anywhere! The "recipe" is as follows:

1 Bar of your favorite smelling soap, grated
1 cup of Arm and Hammer's Washing Soda (different than baking soda)
1/2 cup Borax

Grate the soap into a saucepan. Add 4 cups of hot water. Cook over med-low heat, stirring continuously, until dissolved completely. Mix washing soda and Borax together in another bowl then pour into 5 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and stir until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and stir. Cover with lid and let set overnight.

Now from here the directions can go several ways depending on your storage space and size of containers to keep the soap in. You can divide what you have so far into another 5 gallon bucket and then fill with hot water diluting your mixture so you have 10 gallons of laundry soap. Or you can mix equal amounts of soap concentrate from 5 gallons) in a smaller laundry-detergent container. Shake well before each use. The first option is good unless you are cramped for space. The last option is more favorable, but there is a third option. Just use less of the concentrated soap for each load.

I know you are now curious to know how much of the soap you use for each load. If you dilute the concentrate to the 10 gallon size mixture, you will use 3/4 - 1 cup for normal top-loading machines and 1/2 cup for front-loading machines. If you choose the third option (the highest form of concentrated laundry soap), just half the measurements.

It is that simple! Your clothes come out clean and smelling like your favorite soap! Just so you will know, this is a watery gel that produces low suds inside the washer. So don't look for lots of bubbles or you might be disappointed! I am pretty picky when it comes to smells and have particular ones that I like; therefore, another reason for my scepticism, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I don't think I will ever go back to buying laundry soap again. It was fun and very easy to make, plus saving us lots of money. I hope you will want to try this money-saving tip soon!

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