Friday, November 5, 2010

Laundry Soap

If you would like a cheap, fairly non-toxic way to make your own laundry soap, here is a simple recipe.
  • 1 bar of natural soap
  • 3/4 cup borax
  • 3/4 cup washing soda (not baking)
  • 1 teaspoon of orange or lemon oil
  • water

Finely grate soap into a large pot. Add 6 cups of water and put over med-low heat. Stir until soap is dissolved. Add the borax, soda, and 3 quarts of water. Stir until dissolved again. Remove from the heat and add the essential oil and 6 more cups of water. Let sit for 30 minutes or so and let thicken. After it has turned into a gel, use a wire whisk and whip the mixture to make it more uniform and smooth. Use 1/2 cup for a top loading washer and 1/4 cup for he washers. I think that you could make at least a years worth of soap for the same price as one might spend on Tide for a month. It is a very frugal and healthier way to get clean laundry. I have been told that to use this type of soap just costs a few pennies per load! Yay for another way to be a good steward. ~Blessings~

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