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Laundry Soap

I am nearly out of laundry soap so I am going to have to mix up another batch.

It is super easy to do and economical too!

In a large pot (that will hold 7 litres/two gallons).  If you don’t have a pot this big divide the recipe in half

Add:

3.5 litres of tap water (about 1 gallon)

1 cup of borax (54 cents)

1 cup of washing soda (40 cents)

Grate in a bar of soap (72 cents)

10 drops of essential oil (guessing 25 cents?) (*optional and whatever scent you like )

Place on medium heat and stir occasionally.  The soap will melt and just bring it to a boil.

Here, I am heating to melt in the shaved soap and merge the ingredients.

Here, I am heating to melt in the shaved soap and merge the ingredients.

Remove from heat and let it cool for a while.  When no longer hot, warm or cold are fine but the soap will be very gelatinous.

Now I set this in the sink to cool.

Now I set this in the sink to cool.

Add:

3.5 litres of cold water (enough water to make this 7.5 litres (two gallons) of finished product)

Wait about a half hour and it will be sort of a semi solid gel.

Here is the gel ready to blend up

Here is the gel ready to blend up

Stir with a blender stick.  If you don’t have a blender stick but have a blender it is slower work.  You have to take a couple of cups at a time and add equal amounts of water, blending until it is well mixed.

The last bit of blending and the soap is ready to use!

The last bit of blending and the soap is ready to use!

If you are mixing it in a blender, pour each mixed batch into your jugs.

If you are mixing it in a pot, you can either leave it in there covered and use it as you need it, or pour it into jugs.  I prefer the later because while it is a big messy getting it into the jugs there is no mess using it.  From a dripping cup.

In either case, pour the mixture into laundry soap jugs.  I got four of these from a local laundromat and have been using the same jugs for 3 years or so.

As you see I blended it nice and smooth; however after it is in the containers for a bit, what it looks like is sort of translucent, and lumpy liquid soap.

Cost is less than $2 for 2 gallons of soap.

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PS: I use lemon scented soap and add lemon essential oil to mine because this is my favourite soap scent.

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I forgot to mention that this is a low suds soap which makes it ideal for HE or regular use.  I use about a third of a cup of the finished laundry soap per load of wash.

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One of my readers said this is the best cleaner for a ceramic cook top that she has ever used.  I tried this and I agree it really does work wonders!

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