I needed to make another batch of laundry soap today, so I thought I would post a refresher on how I make mine. My laundry soap recipe costs at most $3.50 and makes 5 gallons. This will last me anywhere from 8-10 months. I’d say that was a pretty good deal. Here’s what you need:
1 bar of soap – fels naptha or zote ( I used fels naptha)
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda (NOT baking soda)
1 container of dollar store oxyclean (optional – I didn’t have any this time)
1 5-gallon bucket
Begin by grating the bar of soap.
Once the entire bar is grated into a pan add enough water to just cover it. Heat on medium-low slowly until all the gratings are melted. Pour the melted soap into the 5 gallon bucket. Add enough hot water to half fill the bucket. Now add the borax and the washing soda. Stir well until everything is dissolved. Now fill the bucket the rest of the way up with hot water. Be careful if you use the spray attachment on your sink to fill the bucket. You may mistake the froth of suds for having filled the bucket, but it will not be full of liquid and you want it full of liquid.
Cover the bucket and allow to cool overnight. After 24 hours you should have a bucket of lovely gelled soap.
Use 1/2 to 1 cup of soap depending on how dirty the clothes and how hard your water.
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!