Homemade Laundry Soap

Well, I just finished 6 loads of laundry with the new homemade laundry soap and it cleans great! Someone told me it is .85 a gallon. I actually used Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in a bar (100% natural) which was $3.99 and probably more expensive than the average bar of soap, so I think mine might be a little more expensive than that. But I was paying $12.99 for 2 gallons, so anything cheaper than $6.50 is savings for me. I figure it costs about $1 and some small change per gallon!

I know this isn’t a post about nourishment at all… but we could all use a few $$$ saving tips these days and going natural with household products is important, too (as we breathe them in and they touch our skin, etc…)



1/4 bar of soap, grated

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda) (Can get at Ace Hardware (may have to special order))

1 Gallon water (128 ounces)

In a LARGE pot, add a gallon of water and begin to heat.  Grate 1/4 bar of soap into a bowl. Add the borax and the washing soda and mix with your hands a bit.  Add mixture to hot water and bring up to a boil, turn heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Turn off heat and let cool, stirring as it cools. As soon as it is cooled, stir again and transfer to a gallon (or more) sized container.  Shake before using (this is necessary before using each time.) The mixture will be gelatinous and watery, will not suds up but will clean.  Use 1/2 cup for medium loads and 3/4 cup for large loads.


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