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Make your own Laundry Soap.

It’s so easy. And CHEAP! We love Cheap & Easy!! 😉
It comes out to around 50 to 60 cents per gallon.

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That is all you need!
5 Gallon Bucket
Sauce Pan
Grater
Giant Stick
Borax
Washing Soda
5.5 ounce bar of soap.

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Shred 5.5 ounces of bar soap.

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Put it in a pan with 4 cups of water over medium heat and cook it until every last piece melts.

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While that is happening…
Fill your 5 gallon bucket about half full with hot water.

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Into the bucket goes:

1 cup of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda.
Stir until dissolved.

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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.)

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By now the soap on the stove should be melted. Pour it into the bucket and stir it up.

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Then fill up the bucket with more hot water.

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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.

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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.)

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See? The stick will stand upright in the goop.

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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! 😉

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Catch up on Episodes of Rookie Blue on your laptop while you do!

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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. 🙂