I have heard about how easy and how economical homemade laundry soap was to make, but until I started seeking out recipes, I really had no idea HOW easy and HOW economical it would be.
These are the ingredients you’ll need:
20-Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap.
I found all of the items at Kroger. I looked at Wal-Mart, but was unable to find them. I also heard that you could get the bar soap and the washing soda at Ace Hardware.
I paid $1.29 for the soap and $2.79 for the washing soda. Note, this is not baking soda. The Borax I already had, but it costs about $3.00.
There are 5 ounces of washing soda in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 55 ounce box will make you 11 batches. Which means that I paid $0.25 for washing soda for one batch of detergent.
There are 3.5 ounces of Borax in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 76-ounce box will give you just over 21 batches. Which means I paid about $0.14 for Borax for one batch of detergent.
Each bar will make 2 batches. Which means I paid $0.65 for the soap for one batch of detergent.
This batch will wash 64 regular loads of laundry, or 128 HE loads. I paid $1.06 for a batch to wash 64 regular loads of laundry, or 128 HE loads.
You’ll also need a bucket that is at least 3 gallons and has a lid and a large pot that will hold at least 10 cups of water.
Here’s how to make it:
Grate half of the bar of Fels-Naptha soap (some recipes I read also said you could use a whole bar of Ivory soap in lieu of the Fels-Naptha soap)
Add the soap to a pot with 10 cups of water. Heat until the soap dissolves.
Add ½ cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
Add ½ cup of 20 Mule Team Borax.
Stir until dissolved.
Pour 1 gallon plus 6 cups (22 cups) of cold water into your bucket.
Add the soap mixture.
Stir until well mixed.
Cover. Let sit for 24 hours.
Use ½ cup per load (¼ cup for HE washers)