If you do laundry for anyone with sensitive skin, you know what a pain it can be to find laundry soap that isn’t all froo-froo stinky, or loaded with chemicals. Here’s a recipe that lets you control what goes into making your clothes clean. Added bonus- this is a great way to use up gift soaps that are just sitting around. Or any hotel soap bars you may have ‘liberated’.
- 1 bar soap (about 5 ounces)
- 1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda!)
- 1 five gallon bucket with a lid
- 3 gallons of water
Grate the bar of soap into a sauce pan. Heat up some water in a kettle and cover the soap with boiling water.
Leave overnight to melt. If there are still chunks of soap in the morning add more boiling water until all chunks of soap are gone.
Pour melted soap mixture into the bucket. Add enough hot tap water to make 3 gallons of liquid and then add the washing soda. Stir well and let sit overnight.
Use from ½ cup to 1 cup of detergent per load of laundry at a total cost of approximately 3 cents per load!
Warning: Sometimes the mixture becomes gelatinous. If this happens, just give it a rigorous stir or shake until it liquifies more.
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