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Cheap Laundry Soap Recipe

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Hi friends, does anyone have a good homemade laundry detergent recipe they care to share? I'm going through a large bottle of Tide about every 3 weeks with as much laundry as I do. I was using the Duggars' recipe but it didn't seem to be very good at getting stains out. I appreciate any suggestions!

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hi!  i use this one (it may or may not be the same one that Meechelle Duggar uses/used):

1 cup Borax

1 cup Super Washing Soda

2/3 bar Fels Naphtha soap, grated  (this is a stain remover, so i sometimes use a left-over 1/3 bar in place of a stain stick)

5-gallon bucket with lid (or comparable container)

boil grated FN soap in 3 quarts water until dissolved, then add both powders; stir until dissolved.  simmer for about 15 minutes.  

put 1 quart hot water in bucket, add cooked soap.  stir in 10 quarts cold water.  stir periodically over the next day or so.

use about 1/2 cup per load.

ETA:  i do not have a HE machine or a front-loader; i've heard that this might make a difference.

i spend about $7 on the 2 boxes of powder, and they last about 10 months or so.  FN soap varies by store, but you can get it for anywhere between $1.25 and $2 per bar.  most stores carry all 3 items near each other on a top or bottom shelf.  i do about 8-9 loads per week, and one bucket lasts about 4-5 weeks.  so i spend roughly $20 a year.

you can also use it to clean enamel appliances (like an older stove); they end up nicely shiny.  no clue what it will do with stainless, so i wouldn't try it.

Edited by catlady

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