Monday, November 10, 2014

Making Your Own Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Would you like to save tons of money? Follow this recipe and you will!

First, we use any family commercial bar soap in our homemade liquid laundry soap.
I would love to say use a bar of our unscented goat's milk soap, but our soap doesn't have the ingredients that the commercial brands have. Our soap is for personal body use.

We bought a large automobile funnel for changing engine oil. Any auto parts store or even the large chain stores have them. Reason for this funnel is, the large funnel has a large throat and will allow our gelled homemade laundry soap to pass through the funnel into the container we keep it in without problems.

Recipe cost: approximately $2.00 per 5 gallon concentrate. Which ends up being 10 gallons of liquid laundry soap.

Homemade liquid laundry soap ingredients:
1 five gallon bucket with lid
1 long handled plastic stirring spoon
1 large automobile engine oil funnel
1 bar family size unscented commercial bath soap Note we use a family bar of Ivory.
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
Optional 1 ounce fragrance your choice

Directions:
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of hot tap water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 1 cup of Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. (If you use fragrance add it now.) Fill the bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken to a gel.

The next day stir the 5 gallon bucket and fill a used empty commercial liquid laundry soap container half full with your home made soap and then fill the rest of the plastic jug with hot tap water. Here is where you will use the large automobile funnel. Shake your homemade washing soap before each use.

Using the plastic jug cap that comes with the commercial brand liquid laundry soap container use only one cap full per load.

We keep a plastic cup in the 5 gallon bucket to use when time to refill the used plastic jug. Letting it float around inside the 5 gallon bucket is fine and we don’t have to search and try to find one when we need it!

Optional:
We sale fragrances that work well in this soap such as fresh linen, blue skies, jasmine, lavender and we also use essential oils such as lavender and tea tree. The choices are almost unlimited. Go to www.mountaincrafted.com and enter into our bath products category and then into our shower gel sub-category and see the listings for all the skin safe fragrances. Or into the Essential Oil category if you want those oils.

The end results are 5 gallons of soap that is concentrated and will end up making 10 gallons for only $2.00. We like it because it really cleans our clothes and leaves them fresh smelling, even without using a fragrance.

Note: If you find this too harsh for your skin, then cup back to ½ cup of the Washing Soda and borax.

Also if your soap doesn’t gel, no problem, it will work just fine. Sometimes our soap gels and other times it doesn't.

Barry & Debra Carver
Mountain Crafted | It Just Makes Good Scents!

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