I have been making different versions of homemade laundry soap for along time. I use to make a liquid/gel type version that a wonderful lady by the name of Diane gave me the recipe for about 10 yrs ago. I still make it sometimes but lately I have been making a slightly homemade version of a powered form. This is easier for me since at this season of my life I am busy running kids around and do not always have alot of time.
I found this recipe for the powered form on a blog somewhere. I do not remember whose it was so I can not give them credit. If I find it again I will be sure to edit this post :)
Here is the semi homemade powered version I have been using:
Powdered Laundry Soap
1 cup Sun w/ bleach alternative powder laundry detergent ( bought this at Walmart and I just used regular Sun laundry detergent NOT the kids with bleach alternative in it)
1 cup Sun Oxygen Cleaner ( I found this at the Dollar General Store)
1 cup Borax ( I buy this at Walmart)
1 cup Super Washing Soda ( I can only find this at Schnucks in my area)
Mix all ingredients and put in a plastic container with a lid. To use: 1/8 cup per load.
I love the powered version. This is suppose to be a semi homemade cheaper version of Tide. I have been using it for 6 months now with no problems. I make up a double batch at a time and store it in a old ice cream tub.
Here is the liquid version that I have used in the past. I used this version for a very long time. I really loved it but it does take time to make and I just don't have alot of extra time right now so that is why I switched.
Liquid/Gel Laundry Soap
Grate 1 standard size bar 5.5 oz Fels Naptha Soap ( I buy mine at Kroger) I have used both a cheese grater and a food processor to do this
Mix the grated soap with 4 cups hot water and cook over low heat stirring constantly until all the grated soap is dissolved. ( do not let come to a boil)
Pour into 5 gallon bucket and add 3 gallons of hot water straight from the tap. Stir to mix.
Then stir in 1 cup or more if you have hard water of Super Washing Soda ( I buy this at Schnucks).
I then also at 1 cup Borax. This is not in the original recipe my friend gave me but I have seen this in other similar recipes and it seems to help with my hard water.
Then let the mixture sit over night and set into a gel type substance. Stir well before using.
For use: use 3/4 to 1 cup depending on your needs. I use about 1 cup. I have heard this is safe for front loading machines although I do not have one. This laundry soap does not suds up. If you are big on suds then this is not the soap for you.
I have found this works well and did well on stains too.
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