Saturday, February 6, 2010

NHR! Well maybe... :)

NHR = Non Health Related.

I just made laundry detergent. And.I.AM.STOAKED.

Seriously, smells great. cheaaaaaaaaap is just an added perk.

So, last night on my trip to Hy-Vee to pick up those pricey little vitamuffins, I hit the cleaning isle up and got Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA, and Feels Naptha soap. This morning I cut the soap into pieces and threw it into the Magic Bullet (holler for that thing!). Here is the recipe:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine-

4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ 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- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

I didnt add the essential oil... I just didnt have any. Next time I will though.

So -- total cost to make. Like $3 bucks. Feels Naptha is .98 cents, and considering I just used a small portion of the other stuff its like nothing!

I will let you know how much I love it. I have heard nothing but rave reviews, and ps this is the DUGGARS recipe. Shout out to them!

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