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Making Liquid Laundry Soap!

Making Laundry Soap

Why make your own? It’s a lot cheaper! Come on you frugal friends…let’s try it.

1 bar of soap (any kind you want)                                                                                                                                                                        1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
2 empty gallon jugs/containers

Grate the bar of soap. Put it into a large pot. Fill one 4L/1 gallon plastic milk jug with water and add it to the pot too. Stir and heat until the soap dissolves. Add the Borax and Washing Soda and bring it to a boil so that it thickens or coagulates. Add one more 4 L milk jug full of cold water and stir. Using the funnel pour the results into the 2 empty jugs.

Voila! Use about 1/2 a cup for each load. Don’t expect it to be foamy…it doesn’t matter. (You can get foamy by adding  some liquid dish soap…I’m guessing… maybe at about 1/4 – 1/2 cup for this recipe)

My Borax and Soda was in storage (another reason to have a storage…everything is at yester-years prices) so there is a price lag. I figure it is close to the following figures I spied on the net:


Get a big pot. Dump it in. Heat it up. Stir it. Pour it.

1st example:You might get an estimated 570 loads per one box of Borax {abt $8.00?) and Washing Soda {$5.79} and a bar of soap {$2.00?} (about 9 batches of soap that make 2 gallons each = 32 loads per gallon = 64 loads per recipe using 1/2 cup of made detergent per load. So that’s 570 loads for maybe 16 bucks!   Less than 3 cents/ load.

2nd example: Another site suggest a cost of 25% over the store stuff, or about 5 cents/load, whereas the store products might be about 20 cents/load. I would love to buy Laundry detergent for 64 loads at 25% of today’s price!



Here I’ve got it poured into the milk jugs. Now I wonder how well a half of a cup will clean a load.







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