Laundry soap liquid is really easy to make and is just as effective as commercially available products. Its healthier for for us because it is chemical free and does not contain VOCs. It is better for the environment as well because it is sulfate and chemical free. Also check out how much money it can save:
1/2 of a soap bar: $1 (or about 2 loose cups, I got them on a bogo sale)
Borax: $.18 per 1/2 cup ($3.29 for a 76 oz box or 9.5 cups)
Washing soda $.21 ($2.97 for a 55 oz box or 6.9 cups)
Baking soda $.06 (50 cents for a 16 oz box or 2 cups)
Hot water- free
TOTAL of $1.45 per batch. One batch makes enough for about 52 large loads of laundry 104 medium or 156 small loads. Feel free to double recipe as needed, just use a second jar or a larger one. That means it is less then 1 cent for a small load, 2 cents for a medium load and 3 cents for a large load/
COMPARE to the Cost per load of Tide- .33 cents per small load (or .66 per large load) (based on a 150 oz jug for $31.50). The average family does 300-390 loads per year. That means by switching to a homemade laundry soap instead of commercial detergent we could SAVE $189- $245 per year!!
1/2 Bar of Plant Based Soap (8 oz bar)
1/2 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
(essential oil for sent, if desired)
Grate soap or chop and place in a quart canning jar. Add 1 1/2 cups hot water. Let set overnight. The next day cut soap to loosen it up a bit (if it’s stiff) then add powders and about another 1 1/2 hot water. Place blender blades and screw bottom on mouth of canning jar. Blend until creamy. Use about 1 1/2 tsp. per small load 2-3 tsp. per medium load and 4-5 tsp. per large load.
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