It’s True: I make my own laundry soap

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This soap is great for High Efficiency (HE) washers and regular washers alike.  I was skeptical at first but decided the cost savings was worth a try.  I don’t plan on turning back.
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Buy one of these big guys in the camping section of your local Walmart or Target.  I have a 5 gallon one with a pour spout.  So easy for doing laundry!
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Just 3 ingredients!  (add water)  I find these 3 things on the bottom shelf of the laundry aisle in Walmart.  They are inexpensive and I get several loads out of each box of washing soda and borax.  Fels-Naptha is a mere $0.97.
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I have a grater just used for laundry soap.  You don’t want to grate cheese on a grater after using it for the bar of soap.  Also, don’t was the soap grater in the dishwasher.  The extra soap will leave a film on your dishes.  Just rinse with hot water.
The soap may smell strong when grating it, but when diluted to 5 gallons, it is perfect.  Very mild and my clothes never have a soap smell.  My husband is sensitive to laundry detergents and this works great for him
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Just fill your pot with water and melt the soap.  Don’t let it get too bubbly and suds up.  That will just make a mess…..I guess maybe it would be an easy clean of your stove top!
This soap works wonders on stains.  I just rub a little on and let it set a bit.  The time it sets depends on the type of stain.  This stuff works wonders on baby poo stains….seriously, my daughters clothes always look wonderful.
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I wash all of my clothes with this soap, even delicates.  I don’t have a problem with fading or stains.  I cant say enough about the quality.  I have been using this recipe for almost 10 months now and I don’t plan to change a thing.  My 5 gallon jug lasts about 5 months.  And when I break down the cost, you guys wont believe it….. $3 for my 5 gallon batch!  That’s right!  $3 for laundry soap for 5 months.  That is just plain crazy.  And we do A LOT of laundry.  Probably 6-8 loads a week with towels and bedding. 
Give this stuff a try.  If you don’t like it, you are only out $3 and your time.

Laundry Soap
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap
1/2 cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda (don’t use regular baking soda)
5 gallon container.  I love mine that has a pour spout
cheese grater
1/2 cup measuring cup
1. Grate your bar of soap and slowly melt it over medium heat in a sauce pan filled with water.  Be sure to use enough water that all of the soap will disolve.  I find that 5 cups usually does the trick.
2. Fill your jug with about 1 gallon of HOT water and mix in 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup Borax.  Add in the melted soap.  Stir well.
3. Add in 2 gallons water and mix well.  Let set and thicken about 20 minutes.  Fill the container the rest of the way to equal your 5 gallons.  Mix well. 
I let this set overnight with the lid off to cool and thicken. 
Use 1/2 cup for top load washers (even HE) and 1/4 cup for front load washers.

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