how to make homemade liquid laundry soap
For our "Cheapest Person in America" episode, we posed a question to The Ricki Lake Show Facebook community; "Call me cheap but, I've saved money by ____________."
Many Facebook followers gave great insight into their penny saving skills, like Rhonda Balazs Wannamaker who makes homemade liquid laundry soap. Rhonda shares her cost saving tips by sharing her "easy peasy" recipe with the community.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap (Front or top load machine- best value)
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 Meijer.com. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium
Thanks to Rhonda Balazs Wannamaker for sharing her homemade soap. She also cans her own jams, veggies, and pickles.