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    Sue's Homemade Laundry Detergent

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    40 mins

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    smartblonde #2's Note:

    I was given this recipe by a customer where I work. This is very easy to make and you'll love the cost. Broken down (approximately) $7.86 Arm and Hammer Detergent(7.94 lbs), $4.19 20 Mule team borax(76 oz), .72 bar of Ivory, $1.19 bar of Fels. The cost of a bucket of soap is approximately $1.84!!! Also it smells great. Hint- putting soap in freezer for about an hour makes it much easier to grate.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    about 1 ...

    Units: US | Metric

    • arm and hammer laundry detergent (7.94 lbs)
    • 20 mule team borax (76 oz)
    • soap bar (1 Ivory 4.5 oz bar)
    • soap bar (1 Fels Naptha 5 1/2 oz bar)
    • 1 soap bar (Ivory, grated)
    • 1/2 soap bar (Fels Naptha, grated)
    • 1 cup laundry detergent (use Arm and Hammer)
    • 1 cup borax (use 20-Mule Team)
    • 4 cups boiling water

    Directions:

    1. 1
      The first 4 ingredients are what you need to buy. The next 5 are to make the actual recipe.
    2. 2
      Dissolve soaps and detergent in 5 gallon bucket with 4 cups of boiling water.( I used the paint stirrer and drill for this the 2nd time I made it, it dissolved the ingredients much better than by hand).
    3. 3
      Once dissolved add another 4 cups of very hot water.
    4. 4
      Stir well and add enough water to fill 5 gallon bucket to the top.
    5. 5
      Let sit overnight. Soap will gel up and you will need to stir completely with your hand or use a paint stirrer on the end of a drill. You can fill empty laundry bottles or keep in bucket with a cover.
    6. 6
      1 - 5 gallon bucket will make about 80 loads of detergent.
    7. 7
      ( A little extra math- 1 box of Arm and Hammer, 2 boxes of 20-Mule Team, 15 bars of Ivory and 8 bars of Fels will make about 1200 loads of laundry for about $35.96).
    8. 8
      Also I bought an inexpensive grater just for the soap. It was suggested to use a food processor but I didn't like doing that.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sue's Homemade Laundry Detergent

    Serving Size: 1 (1051 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
     
    Calories from Fat 0
    %
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 1.2 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 0.0 g
    0%

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