It’s so easy. And CHEAP! We love Cheap & Easy!! 😉
It comes out to around 50 to 60 cents per gallon.
That is all you need!
5 Gallon Bucket
5.5 ounce bar of soap.
Shred 5.5 ounces of bar soap.
Put it in a pan with 4 cups of water over medium heat and cook it until every last piece melts.
While that is happening…
Fill your 5 gallon bucket about half full with hot water.
Into the bucket goes:
1 cup of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda.
Stir until dissolved.
Want it to smell pretty? Add some essential oils.
I am all about Ylang Ylang and Lavender these days, but I will be honest with you –no matter how much oil I have added lately… the soap smells good, but there is no smell on the clothes after, so… this might just be a wasted step! Ah, well, I get a nice yummy scent to enjoy when doing the laundry.
(This goes for any brand I have tried, so don’t tell me I need to use YL or the other brand! lol I have tried those! And I am not willing to pour a whole bottle in.)
By now the soap on the stove should be melted. Pour it into the bucket and stir it up.
Then fill up the bucket with more hot water.
Stir it well, put the lid on it and set it on the floor. This will be heavy (50+ pounds). Make sure you can lift it out of your sink, otherwise, fill it while it’s on the floor.
Let it sit at least overnight. I usually neglect it for a whole day.
When you pop the lid off it will be a giant congealed blob. Stir it until it’s not! (It will still be a little clumpy, that is fine, unless you are Super Susie House-maker and want to run it through a blender, but that is really not needed and over time it will separate on your shelf anyway.)
See? The stick will stand upright in the goop.
This next part gets a little messy, but consider that you will only have to make this 1-4 times a year depending on how big your family is.
Get a funnel, ladle and empty containers a fill ’em up! Use glass jars or get empty laundry soap containers from your friends who just won’t listen to you about making their own! 😉
Catch up on Episodes of Rookie Blue on your laptop while you do!
Done! Damn near 5 gallons of laundry soap.
Use 1/4 cup for an avg load in a regular machine.
1/8 cup in a HE machine.
It lasts a long time and will seperate a bit on the shelf, so I give the bottle a little shake before I use it.
Share with friends. Get them making it, too.
STOP USING TOXIC laundry soap that smells gross. 🙂