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Homemade Laundry Soap

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You can find tons of info on the internet about this, as well as recipes to make it. A lot of you probably make this stuff already and know how well it works. It's also cheap. I think I like that part the best. Here's how to make your own Homemade Laundry Soap...

Use a 4.5 ounce bar of Dr. Bronners Organic Pure Castille Soap - or - a large bar of Ivory - or - a bar of Fels-Naptha - or - a bar of Zote

Dr Bronners and Ivory are probably the purest of them. Zote has Citronella in it. We use Fels-Naptha and have good results and like the smell of it.

You have to grind up the bar soap. Some use a cheese grader. The finer you grind the bar soap, the easier it breaks down in warm or hot water. What I do is slice up the bar of soap, and let it set for a couple weeks to dry out. Then I run it through an old fashioned hand meat grinder and it reduces it to a nice powder. This way we can use ours in cold water washes and it works fine. It rinses right out of the grinder, so I can still use it for meat.

So I use -

1 bar of ground up Fels-Naptha

1 hefty cup of 20 Mule Team Borax

1 hefty cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda

Mix it up and put it in jars. It's very powdery so move slowly.

Use one Tbsp per wash load.  Two for the really dirty stuff.

Hope you have good results!


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