Gina Sprenkel Recipe

By Gina Sprenkel GinaSprenkel

Makes 2 Gallons - DO NOT EAT
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My brother's family of 4 came to live with us for over a year, and I wanted to lessen our laundry expenses and discovered making homemade liquid laundry soap. To my surprise, I love it more than store-bought detergent! No need for bleach, fabric softener, and our drain pipes love it, too! Quick and easy to make, and so economical!


1 c
1 c
arm & hammer super washing soda
1/2 c
shredded ivory soap
1/2 c
shredded pink zote soap
30 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Shred your Ivory soap, and Shred your Pink Zote soap...keep them separate. Do NOT mash the soap into a measuring cup. Keep the shreds fluffy, so they will melt more easily. 1/2 cup will be about half of what you grated...or will be equivalent to a nice mound in the cup of your hand.
Put 4 cups water into a pot on stove. Add Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda - you will find this in the laundry aisle at your grocery store, Walmart, or a hardware store), shredded Ivory soap, shredded pink Zote. Stir continually over medium heat until all soap is completely dissolved.
In a 2-gallon plastic container, add 8 cups of hot tap water, then add the soap mixture from the pot and stir together. Add 18 more cups of hot water. Stir.
Cover with plastic lid (I use a 2-gallon bucket from Home Depot. The extra large Tupperware bowl can also work.) Let sit 24 hours, and keep the lid on it the entire time.
After 24 hours, the liquid will be a runny gel. Some hardened soap-like pieces may float to the top - discard them. Stir the liquid gel. Your soap is ready. Use 1/2 cup - or a regular liquid detergent lid.
This soap will not be sudsy - but, your pipes will love you, and your laundry will be clean and fresh.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Soaps
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Nancy Carnahan Nancycar
Jan 11, 2014
If you use 1cup Borax and one cup washing soda, use one bar of soap. I like Zote even though I'm sensitive to smells. BUT get a 5-gallon bucket at Lowes or Home Depot. It will make a bucket full. My husband wears khaki shorts all summer and gets them really dirty, but this cleans them. I also dump some in the toilet to scrub it. I used it on some unknown stains in a wool rug (rubbed it in, scrubbed with a wet towel) and they came right out. I boiled some over on a drip pan and it slid right off. This stuff is amazing, but It did get really stiff. If you have an immersion blender, use that. It may not get all the way to the bottom, but you can do it as you use it. My sister uses a paint stirrer on a drill. You also don't have to seal the bucket, just put the top on so bugs can't get in. I love this stuff. I'm allergic to so many things and have no problem with this.
Denise Ellis tgismom
Jan 11, 2014
Will this work in the high efficiency washers?
christy ballard cballard2013
Jan 3, 2014
Des it work in HE washers?
Monique Harvey Cali_Cookin_Mommy
Nov 21, 2013
I love this better than any store bought detergent. Works better is cheaper and not as many chemicals.
Beatrice Abfalter Beas
Jun 26, 2013
another way to lightly sent any bar of soap is to leave it lay on top of the scent you like, for a week or more, covered in a dry cupboard, I like rose and lavender the best.