Diaper Washing: Homemade liquid laundry detergent

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (2-3oz bars or 1 4-5.5oz bar) (the finer grated the better)
1 cup washing soda
5 gallon bucket

Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover it with water. If you let this sit overnight it is MUCH faster.

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Heat on low until dissolved - don't stir too rapidly or too much it will get foamy and you won't be able to see if it dissolved. If you let it sit over night it takes roughly 20 to dissolve it you didn't let it sit it takes much longer.

Image: Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Make your own Laundry Detergent - Recipe AvailableWhen the soap is just about melted, put the bucket in the tub and fill with hot water almost to the top, then add melted soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 c. of washing soda and mix well. Don't reverse the order or it won't turn out.

As it cools it will thicken. Use about 1/2 cup for diapers. And 1-2 cups for other laundry.

Image: Set of 2 Leaktite 5 Gallon Buckets (White) 90 mil - Great for StorageIf you keep it in the big bucket you will need to stir each time before you use it. I pour it into gallon gals while it is still warm. If you do this only fill 3/4 of the way. You will want to shake it to get it mix and will need the room. I learned this the hard way. LOL. You can customize your detergent by adding essential oils to it. Only add to the current jug you are using because it looses its smell.

It is very soft without fabric softener. If you add fabric softener it makes clothes feel funny.

Thanks to Judi Sutherland for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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