Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent w/Lemon Scent


2 c. Borax Powder

1 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 bar Fells Naptha soap – grated

15-20 drops Lemon Scent concentrate (or your favorite scent) *Optional

Have a clean 5 gallon bucket with lid available and ready. In a large soup pot boil 8 cups of water, add grated bar soap stirring until completely dissolved.  Once dissolved, slowly pour into the bucket followed by the powder soaps, continuing to pour slowly, stirring well as you go along.  Add hot water continuing to stir until the water is at the full rim of bucket.  Add desired amount of drops of scent and stir well once again.  I get my Lemon Scent from www.puritanspride.com since I can pay less for one there than I can locally but also get 1 or 2 FREE.  Even with shipping the breakdown of the price is way less.

Place the lid on the bucket and leave there for a minimum of 24 hours.  When lid is removed you will need to stir the mixture for as it has cooled it has gelled and will need to be loosened up.  This 5 gallons of soap lasts us between 5 and 6 months, a family of 3.  I use 1/2 cup of detergent per load.

While there are places online to find these ingredients the best price I’ve found is ebay.  The 5 gallon Kit can be purchased for just $2.90, including shipping is less than $7.00.  Overall this is the very best deal I’ve found at all.  You may want to browse around ebay to buy individual large boxes for great deals, too.  We do have a local store that stocks the 3 items, which is a plus.  Happy shopping — happy laundry.



About gingy55

The Lord has blessed me in so many ways; family, friends, and those who may one day be friends. Being blessed with a rich heritage of cooks, I decided to share some of my life with those who are interested. I pray that you're going to be able to add to your repertoire of meals either by using my recipes or customizing them for you, your family and friends. BTW Gingy is the name my brother and sister called me when we were little as they couldn't say Jennie.

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