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Homemade Laundry Soap
Bar of Ivory Soap (plain, pure soap, to fragrance, etc.) 1 Cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
Fill a large bucket or container with hot tap water. (I use a 3 gallon bucket you get from wal-mart to wash cars with} . Set aside. Grate bar of soap into a sauce pan. Add water just to over. Heat, stirring constantly, until soap is dissolved. Add soap/water mixture to the hot water in the bucket. Stir to combine. Then (do not reverse this order) add 1 cup of Washing Soda and stir. As this cools it will turn into a bucket full of white gelatinous soap thickness depends on size of bucket used).
To use, I put two cups into a full load of laundry. Sometimes (when I think of it) I add a handful of baking soda to the load and I use vinegar in a Downy Ball as softener. This bucket of soap does a lot of laundry and more soap is just 15 minutes away. I buy the Ivory in bulk and the Washing Soda is found near the Borax type products in the grocery store. Washing Soda is made by Arm and Hammer and the box looks like a big box of baking soda (but is NOT the same thing!). In a pinch I go ahead and use this before it's cooled as a liquid... works fine.
As I said, I've used this for over a year and love it!! Hope you find it useful!!
-- HD (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 12, 1999
Dear Nancy, Many thanks for this tip.Its the one problem thats been been bugging me.
-- Chris (email@example.com), July 13, 1999.
Thanks for the tip. I've got two people in my house who are allergic to powdered laundry soap so I'll give this a try. Plus, it's cheaper, and I can't resist a bargain!
-- newbiebutnodummy (Linda@home.com), July 13, 1999.