Make Your Own Laundry Soap for a Fraction of the Cost.
We should all know by now the dangers soap products are creating for our environment and Tide is one of the worst offenders. Unfortunately, people like to just pour something out of a box. But a box of Tide can cost $20 per gallon and can destroy your septic system and any underground water sources as well. This is easy and very inexpensive, and you can order all the ingredients off of Amazon.com or find them in most grocery stores.
Borax: $2.99 for a box.
Washing Soda: $2.99
5.5 Oz Bar of Fels Naptha Soap: $0.95
Essential Oil (optional)
To make only 1 gallon of soap, cut all the ingredients into 1/4 and mix in a gallon jug filled half way with hot water. Mix and then add remaining water to fill.
To Make 5 gallons of soap:
Step 1: Grate the Fels Naptha soap using a cheese grater.
Step 2: Add the soap to a half gallon of hot but not boiling water. You don’t want it to boil, otherwise it’ll get all sudsy and makes a mess. Stir until completely mixed, usually around 10 minutes.
Step 3: Fill a 5 gallon bucket with four and a half gallons of hot tap water. Pour in the melted soap mixture, making it five gallons total of the mixture.
Step 4: Stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda.
Step 5: It you’re opting to use the essential oil now’s the time. Add in .5 to 1 oz of oil, depending on how strong of a smell you want your detergent to have.
Step 6: Stir continuously until everything has been effectively mixed together. Snap on a lid and let it sit for a full 24 hours. In this time, it will gel and look a lot more like laundry detergent. After 24 hours, pour it into used gallon bottles if you want to make it more convenient.
WARNING: If you have a front load washer, only use about 1/4 -1/2 cup or less. This soap goes a long way, so you may want to start out with a very small amount first and work your way up to more if needed or you could have a mess in your laundry room.
You will get quite a few batches of soap out of one box of Borax and Washing Soda. So a gallon of this laundry soap costs on average about $2.00 – $2.50 . You can’t beat that! Or the savings to the environment. Basically, you are paying a fortune for the convenience of having somebody else make it for you when you buy name-brand laundry detergents.