Homemade Laundry Soap

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I’ve wanted to make homemade laundry soap for a while, but haven’t wanted to tackle the task of actually making it. However, we recently started having our children (ages 11 and 7) wash their own laundry and quickly found that liquid soap isn’t always easy for them to use.

So, I turned to my Aunt Debbie (a.k.a. the Queen of Homemade), and sure enough, she had a recipe.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Box (3ish lbs) Super Washing Soda
1 Box (4ish lbs) Borax
1Box (4 lbs) Baking Soda (found on laundry aisle)
3 Bars Ivory Soap (or Fels-Naptha)
1 Container (1.3 lbs) OxyClean
28 oz. Purex Crystals (or another brand as desired, Purex is the least expensive)

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Using your cheese grater, grate your soap. You can then use your hands yo crumble it a little more… But big chunks are okay.

Place your washing soda and baking soda into your large container (I used an old bird seed bucket, but any run would work). Add your grated soap.

Using your hands crumble the soap and sodas together until they are a fine powder. This process is quick, only about 5 mins.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Take the scoop from the OxyClean and place it in your soap container.

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This will be your laundry scoop! 1 scoop for normal loads, 2 scoops for extra dirty loads.

That’s it! Easy Peasy! This whole process took about 10-15 mins and only cost around $20. My sources say this batch will last about 4-5 months for a family of 5. That’s pretty cost effective!! I am anxious to see how long it lasts.

We have already tried it, with great results on two loads of sheets and towels.

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HOMEMADE “DRYER SHEETS”

Aunt Debbie had another tip about dryer sheets. I tried it and loved it!!

INGREDIENTS:
2 Kitchen Sponges, cut in half
3-4 Tbsp Fabric Softener (1/2 – 3/4 of the lid)
1 cup water
Empty OxyClean Container

Pour Fabric Softener into empty container, add water and sponges.

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When you put a load of laundry into the dryer, grab a sponge and gently squeeze. You want the sponge to still be wet, just not dripping.

Toss it into the dryer and voilà! That’s it. We tried it on a load of sheets and they came out smelling great and no static!!!

Have you used homemade laundry soap? What are your tips, hints, and likes/dislikes?

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