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Monday, February 25, 2013

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Each person who makes his own laundry soap may have different reasons for doing so. My main reason was simply to save money. I'm still looking for the perfect alternative to balance money and health, but for now I'm content to use this recipe. I'm certainly saving money, and it has to be better for our health than most popular brands of detergent.  A key ingredient in each recipe is your own touch of TLC. You may have to tweak the recipe to suit the needs of your family, but I'm confident that if you play around with it you will be able to find something that works well for you, doesn't take too much time, and allows you to save money to be spent on more valuable things (like date night with the hubby, or an outing with the kiddos :).
Liquid detergent
Hot water
1/4 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Borax
1/5 bar Soap (grated)

  • In a large pot, heat 3 cups of water. Add the grated bar and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
  • In a 1 gallon clean pitcher, pour 4 cups of hot water and add the heated mixture. Top pitcher with cold water and stir well.
  • *optional: Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture and stir once more
  • Use 1/4- 1/2 cup per load (depending on size of the load, stirring before each use (will gel).
Powdered detergent

1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar soap (grated)
1/4 cup Oxy-clean (optional)

Mix well (you may want to blend these for a finer powder) and store in air-tight container. 
Use 1 tsp for front loaders. 1 Tbls for top-loader.
 ** You can also add a little vinegar and/or essential oils to this mixture

*Many recipes call for baking soda rather than washing soda. Either way, if you'd rather not buy a whole box of washing soda you can make your own! Check out this site for more information. I did this because I accidently picked up baking soda rather than washing soda. :) Since I use baking soda for so many things it just makes sense to buy that in bulk and change what I need into washing soda.

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Encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.