Sunday, January 8, 2012
DIY Liquid laundry soap
Empty Milk Jug (been using mine for 4 yrs now)
1 box washing soda (retails $3-$4)
1 box borax (retails $3-$4)
Large 5 gallon bucket with lid (retails $4-$5 or reuse one from another product). If you have glass it would make it even better!
1 bar of natural soap (fragrance free or scented)
In a medium pan add 6 cups of water. Heat on medium heat with no boiling.
While water is heating up grate about 1/3 your soap bar.
Add your grated soap to the pan of hot water. Stir till completely dissolved. Once dissolved turn of heat and set aside.
Pour 4 cups of hot water into the large bucket.
Add 1/2 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of washing soda into your soap water mixture. Mix until dissolved.
Pour your hot mixture into the bucket. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
Fill your milk jug with hot water and pour into bucket. Whisk until smooth.
Last step is to add 6 more cups of hot water into your bucket. Again whisk well. This is where you would add your optional essential oils. Mix well. DONE!!! This mixture will set up and thicken up. Every once in a while you can whisk it again to have a smooth consistency.
1/2 cup liquid for standard washers
1/3 cup for HE washers
Tip:Do not use a bar of soap with lumps. Oatmeal and lavender sometimes have chunks. All natural and non natural bars will work. Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal powder (simply put 1/2 cup oatmeal in blender & blend till a powder) to the mixture at the end of the process and you will not need to use a softener. Especially good for those with skin allergies.
Follow instructions or you will end up with lumpy laundry soap. No fear everyone even lumpy soap works the same. Make sure you store this with the lid on it so children do not try to play with it. Could result in drowning or getting sick so BE CAREFUL!!! have been using this for 4 years with my HE washers. I have had no issues what so ever. If you wish to use old liquid laundry soap bottles then you need to pour them while the mixture is hot. Then store in a cold place like your laundry room or garage.
Disclaimer: This is a recipe that Ive used for a year now with my energy efficient washer and have has no issues with anything. I am not responsible for anything that happens to your washer or clothes. I would test this before using it on your clothing. Again Ive yet to encounter anything at all going wrong with this soap. Use at your own risk. Please call poison control if eaten or gets into eyes.