Soapy Smile

I’ve been meaning to share something I did a few weeks ago…

One of my pet peeves is laundry detergent.  Don’t ask me how I got this way, but it always seems to be a fight to find what I want for the price I want to pay.  Unless I manage a 4 hour trip to a bigger city for a “Wally World” run, I have to buy at my “local” supermarket.
I choked every time I’d buy Tide.  SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO expensive.
I gave it up years ago.
I have an HE front loading washer, so that narrowed my selection considerably.
EVERY TIME, I swear, the brands changed.
I knew I was paying at least $3 more at my grocery store than I would at Walmart, and I’m such a cheapskate, I’d just grit my teeth and kick myself for not stocking up more on my last trip to the big city!
Enter a friend who told me how to make my own laundry detergent for pennies.
Ka-CHING!
I tried it… and I’m happy enough… and my pocket book is smiling!
The ingredients:  Fels Naptha soap, borax, and A&H Super Washing Soda.  All found at my local grocery store for probably about $5.  It sure wasn’t much.
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I looked around the internet and found various recipes… most using smaller amounts than I did.  I’m sure they’d work just as well.
Grate the Fels Naptha bar into smaller chunks.  I used my cheese slicer since the soap was so soft.  All this does is let it melt that much faster.  If you have time to stand around with a whole bar and let it melt… go for it.  Mix the grated soap with water in a pan and heat it until all the soap is melted.
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Add one cup of borax and one cup of A&H Washing Soda.  Stir well.
Put in a 5 gallon bucket and fill with water.
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Let it set overnight and it will gel.
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Divide it further into your smaller jugs splitting it half and half with water again.  I have a jug with a spout on it I just reuse.  You need to shake it before you use it, but that’s all folks…
Yup.
I spent $5 or $6 and have 10 gallons of laundry detergent!  Plus more borax and soda to use next time.
I LIKE IT!
I could have added some essential oil for scent if I’d wanted to… I’d like to use some scent sometime, but I decided not to use my lavender oil… and on occasion, if Vernon has some REALLY stinky tshirts… I just use vinegar as my fabric softener… but I used to do that anyway.
If it works on my poopy, sweaty, greasy laundry… it should work on yours!
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