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    Default homemade laundry soap / dish soap

    Does anyone make their own? Wanna share what you use? Thanks!

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    I make my own laundry soap. I use a dove bar, borax, washing soda, and water.

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    I make laundry soap with the Duggars' recipe.

    Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
    4 Cups - hot tap water
    1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    Cup Borax

    - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
    -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
    -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
    -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
    -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
    -Front Load Machines- Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
    *Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda“ - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!
    Actually I should say DH makes it and I supervise. He also made that deodorant btw, he wants me to tell you. LOL!

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    LOL! I should have known. Well you tell him I appreciate it.

    So uh, what is all that stuff? Borax?

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    Borax comes in this box and is available at lots of grocery stores:


    Washing soda looks like this

    and is harder to find. They do have it at bigger No Frills I think, and WalMart. It's kind of hit and miss IME.

    For the soap you can use any kind of bar soap, but I use this laundry bar from the Bulk Barn. Works well.

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    Oh yeah, the hardest part is finding a big enough container.
    I use an empty water cooler jug. Dr Muffy bought a ginormous bucket at one of those hardware stores.

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    Sounds easy enough....
    How much are those two things, the borax and the washing soda?
    Could I maybe halve the recipe, would it still work the same? Cuz wow, 10 gallons is a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear View Post
    I make laundry soap with the Duggars' recipe.



    Actually I should say DH makes it and I supervise. He also made that deodorant btw, he wants me to tell you. LOL!
    I have watched the Duggar recipe on youtube, I've posted it and it's at about 6:15; Michelle and the girls are making a batch of it. I never figured out how to scale down the quantity for our family of now only 4 but rather than buying the Green Works Laundry soap, I use that Borax pictured, it costs $5.79 per box and I use vinegar for my rinse cycle. I never buy scented anything and our clothes turn out really clean.

    Anyone know how to downscale the amount for a much smaller family, how would you do it??


    YouTube - 17 Kids and Counting: Cheaper by the Duggars- Part 1

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