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About a year and a half ago a friend and I started talking about how to save money and also how use less chemical based products in our homes. After experimenting with several DIY cleaning products, recipes, etc., we have certainly discovered some favorites. One of my absolute favorites is the Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap! I would have to look up the prices of each ingredient to be 100% sure, but if my memory serves me correctly, we figured that 1 gallon (which lasts my family of four 3 months) costs less than $1 to make. I purchased the ingredients in June 2012 and have not had to replenish them yet! So here’s how we do it (by the way — it takes about 5 measly minutes to make!):

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1. Gather your ingredients; water, liquid castile soap, borax, and super washing soda. Borax and super washing soda can be purchased at places like Walmart, Target, Giant Eagle, etc. (usually near the “regular” laundry soap). The liquid castile soap that I use is the Dr. Woods brand which I purchase at http://www.iherb.com.

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2. Heat the water for a 1-2 minutes in the microwave so the granular ingredients will melt when added. Add the liquid castile soap, borax, and super washing soad and stir. You will see some soap bubbles or suds form on top.

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3. Pour the concentrated soap into a container (we re-used an old liquid laundry soap container).

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4. Fill the container with cold water, place lid back on, and shake (gently) to mix.

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5. When ready to use for your clothes, shake well and measure out about 1/3-1/2 of a cup (this one if from the old liquid laundry soap container) and pour in your washer.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups hot water
  • 4¬†Tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • 3 Tbsp. super washing soda
  • 3 Tbsp.¬†borax
  • cold water

Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients: water, liquid castile soap, borax, and super washing soda.
  2. Heat the water for a 1-2 minutes in the microwave so the granular ingredients will melt when added. Add the other ingredients and stir. You will see some soap bubbles or suds form on top.
  3. Pour the concentrated soap into a container.
  4. Fill the container with cold water, place lid back on, and shake (gently) to mix.
  5. When ready to use for your laundry, shake well and measure out about 1/3-1/2 of a cup and pour in your washer.

P.S. We use straight white distilled vinegar to replace fabric softener.

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