Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Laundry Detergent Recipe

Have any of you guys ever tried this before & how do you like it? I've heard about it before but never tried it. My friend, Jules, was just telling me that she had made her first batch. She's done two loads of laundry so far & says she LOVES it! Curious to hear everyone's comments!

•3.1 oz bar Ivory soap (Ivory is chosen because it's all natural. You may use a soap of your choice) Fels-Naptha soap is also a good choice of soap to use. Found in the laundry soap department.
•1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
•½ cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

•5 Gallon container
•Pot large enough to hold 5 cups of water
•Long stirring stick/spoon (for 5 gallon container)

Shave the soap into small strips and place in the pot with 5 cups of water. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into the 5-gallon container and stir.

Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the ½ cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.

Optional: Essential Oils for fragrance. If you like fragrant detergent, now is when you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.use 1/4 cup per load, will go through 110.5 loads!

**Make sure you get Arm & Hammer WASHING soda, not detergent or just soda!

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