Laundry Soap Recipe

My friend Alissa get’s the real credit for editing the recipe below. I’ve included the original recipe FAR below if you want to actually make 3 gallons of laundry soap. A 96 oz bottle for 12 loads will suffice for my household. I’ve included my math below my edit of the recipe. The original article is at the bottom. As far as effectiveness, my clothes smell clean, and I exercise heavily, and Alissa’s 1 year old makes a mess and her clothes come out clean.

Here’s what you need

1/4 bar of soap (whatever kind you like; I used Dial because it was inexpensive)

Cheese grater (it’s just soap, you’ll be able to wash it :))

4 Tb spoons of Washing soda (I bought it at Kroger, but Meijer or Wal-mart should carry it- check near laundry supplies)

2 Tb spoons Borax (see above)

A big pot, or container for mixing (I just used a large stock pot)

Your empty laundry soap bottle (I’m storing mine in a 200 oz bottle, but this recipe only makes 96 oz, feel free to double or as you’ll see below, quadruple, based on your storage space)

1 C boiling water

12 C hot water

Step One: Put one cup of water into a pan on your stove and turn the heat up on high until it’s almost boiling. While you’re waiting, whip out a knife (or your cheese grater, it’s just soap, you’ll be able to rinse it off) and start shaving strips off of the bar of soap into the water, whittling it down. Keep the heat below a boil and keep shaving the soap. Eventually, you’ll shave up the 1/4 bar, then stir the hot water until the soap is dissolved and you have some highly soapy water.

Step Two: Put 12 Cups of hot water into the large pot. Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one, stir it for a while, then add 4Tbspoons of the washing soda. Keep stirring it for another minute or two, then add a 2Tbspoon of borax if you are using borax. Stir for another couple of minutes, then let the stuff sit overnight to cool.

Step Three: transfer your mixture to your laundry soap container.

And you’re done.

When you wake up in the morning, you’ll have a bucket of gelatinous slime that’s a paler shade of the soap that you used (in our case, it’s a very pale greenish blue). One laundry soap measuring cap full of this slime will be roughly what you need to do a load of laundry – and the ingredients are basically the same as laundry detergent. For me this means approx 12 large loads of laundry.

My quarter of a bar of soap cost approx .22 cents (your bar may be more or less) 1/24th my box of washing soda means i used approx .10 cents; 1/48th my box of borax means i used approx .05 cents. Total cost to wash 12 large loads of laundry=.37 cents, not counting the 15 minutes it took me to make it (I’m discounting the time it took me to go to the store to purchase my supplies, because I’ll be able to make this another 11 times ( 132 loads of laundry) before I have to go back for just more bar soap).

.37 cents times 12; or 144 loads of laundry= $4.44

Just as comparison Walgreens is selling All 2x concentrated, 12 loads, 20 oz bottle for $3.99 $47.88 would be what you would have to spend to wash 144 loads. (now you may use a less expensive brand, so you’ll have to do your own math)

Plus, you can make slime in the kitchen – and have a legitimate reason for doing so!

Or if you have space for a 5 gallon bucket….

Here’s what you need:
– 1 bar of soap (whatever kind you like; I used Lever 2000 because we have tons of bars of it from a case we bought a while back)
– 1 box of washing soda (look for it in the laundry detergent aisle at your local department store – it comes in an Arm & Hammer box and will contain enough for six batches of this stuff)
– 1 box of borax (this is not necessary, but I’ve found it really kicks the cleaning up a notch – one box of borax will contain more than enough for tons of batches of this homemade detergent – if you decide to use this, be careful)
– A five gallon bucket with a lid (or a bucket that will hold more than 15 liters – ask around – these aren’t too tough to acquire)
– Three gallons of tap water
– A big spoon to stir the mixture with
– A measuring cup
– A knife

Step One: Put about four cups of water into a pan on your stove and turn the heat up on high until it’s almost boiling. While you’re waiting, whip out a knife and start shaving strips off of the bar of soap into the water, whittling it down. Keep the heat below a boil and keep shaving the soap. Eventually, you’ll shave up the whole bar, then stir the hot water until the soap is dissolved and you have some highly soapy water.

Step Two: Put three gallons of hot water (11 liters or so) into the five gallon bucket – the easiest way is to fill up three gallon milk jugs worth of it. Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one, stir it for a while, then add a cup of the washing soda. Keep stirring it for another minute or two, then add a half cup of borax if you are using borax. Stir for another couple of minutes, then let the stuff sit overnight to cool.

And you’re done. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll have a bucket of gelatinous slime that’s a paler shade of the soap that you used (in our case, it’s a very pale greenish blue). One measuring cup full of this slime will be roughly what you need to do a load of laundry – and the ingredients are basically the same as laundry detergent. Thus, out of three gallons, you’ll get about 48 loads of laundry. If you do this six times, you’ll have used six bars of soap ($0.99 each), one box of washing soda ($2.49 at our store), and about half a box of borax ($2.49 at our store, so $1.25) and make 288 loads of laundry. This comes up to a cost of right around three cents a gallon, or a savings of $70.

Plus, you can make slime in the kitchen – and have a legitimate reason for doing so!

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