Friday, January 21, 2011

Laundry Soap

A few people have been asking for this recipe, since it's probably easier to copy it from here than me sending out a dozen e-mails I'll post it here.  This isn't my recipe I got it off a newsletter that I receive on a regular basis.  I've been using it for a number of years with good success.  I have quite a few peeps with sensitive skin and none of us have trouble with this detergent.  I suppose if you were allergic to Ivory you could substitute a different type of pure soap.

Laundry Soap
** you'll need to save up a few empty bottles first or store it in ice cream pails!!

1 bar of Ivory soap
1/2 c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 c Borax

1. Grate the soap
2. In a large pot (I use my canner) heat 6 cups of water and the soap over medium heat until dissolved.
3. Stir in Borax and A&H until dissolved.
4. Add 4 cups of HOT water, stir.
5. You can add essential oil or some commercial detergent to the mix if you want (sometimes I add a laundry booster)
6. Add 1 gallon + 6 cups of COLD water. stir
7. Let set without stirring for 24 hours. It will have the consistency of liquid gel. Stir (I use a whisk).

Pour into jugs with tight lids. Use 1/4 c for HE machines.

Pretty easy.

1 comment:

Audrey said...

I'm glad to hear it works so well for you. I just recently started using my own laundry soap and hope to start selling it soon. It's very similar to yours so I'm glad to hear good reports of the homemade kind. Take care.