Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap

In my quest to fight my children's allergies and to be frugal, I started making my own laundry soap. It is so easy and much less expensive.

I use Ivory Soap which is the cheapest soap you can buy. Grate 2-4 oz. bars (or 1-8 oz. bar) in a food processor. You can do this by hand but I find it easier this way.
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Put in a large pot and add 1 gallon of water.
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Put it on the stove on a medium high setting and whisk the soap until it is totally dissolved. This will take a few minutes. I find it easier to start it cooking and then come back every few moments to give it a good stir.
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Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes or so to make sure the soap is totally dissolved. Watch it or it will boil over and you will end up with a super clean stove top!
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Let it cool completely and then pour into gallon jugs. You can use old laundry detergent bottles, milk jugs or anything else you have around.
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When it's done, let it sit for a day or two and it will gel up. In fact, sometimes it over-gels. Just give it a good shake and use 1/2 cup per load.
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I use 1/2 cup plus a scoop of oxyclean. Altogether just using these two items, it costs me about $.10 per load which is not bad at all. 2 gallons of laundry detergent lasts me about 6 weeks.