Ann McCue Recipe

Homemade laundry soap (liquid and powdered)

By Ann McCue salsaqueen


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I found this recipe in a womans life magazine 3 years ago and haven't used anything else since. My Husband is a mechanic for a road construction company and has GREASY, DIRTY clothes. this works great on them. I see there is another soap on the site. Mine is different so thought I would reintroduce it. This detergent does not make suds, so don't be alarmed. Also good for the new HE washers. With this recipe you might want to eliminate the use of laundry softener even.

Ingredients

LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT
3 pt
water
1/3
bar fels naptha soap, grated
1/2 c
washing soda (arm and hammer, not baking soda though)
1/2 c
20 mule team borax
2 gal
bucket to mix it in
1 qt
hot water
POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1 c
fels naptha soap
1/2 c
washing soda
1/2 c
20 mule team borax

Directions Step-By-Step

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Mix grated Fels Napth soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Sitr in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until it slightly thickens, and remove from heat.
Add 1 quart hot water to the 2 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with additional hot water to make 2 gallons and mix well.
Set aside for 24 hours until mixture thickens. I try and stir it once and awhile. If you don't by the next day it is like jello and you just have to stir until it mixes. (might have to use your hands even). Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load
2
For the powdered detergent just mix and store in airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons for light loads and 3 tablespoons for heavy loads.
to make a large batch- grate 6 bars fels Napth soap and then add 3 cups Washing Soda and 3 cups Borax.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Soaps

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136 Comments

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Nancy Carnahan Nancycar
Sep 4, 2014
I was making a bucket for myself and planning to make one with my daughter a couple of days later (after she brought a bucket). Since I had the food processor out, I went ahead and grated both bars (I like Zote--you can usually find it a Home Depot in CA) and put one grated bar in a zip-lock bag. When we started to make it, it melted much easier and within minutes. The only thing I could think was that it might have dried out a bit.
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Linda Buskuehl Linda8458
Sep 4, 2014
Just a word to the wise, made this, worked great. Decided to try a different recipe using same ingredients, but 1 gal of boiling water to melt bar soap, and powders and 1 gal cold water. Makes 2 gal of soap, using 1/2 c. per load. Then i decided to "improve" the recipe and add 1 c Oxi clean. Big mistake!!! Poured powders into hot water and it started to expand and filled my whole pot (double the volume) and ran over all over my stove! Still mopping up. DO NOT ADD OXICLEAN TO HOT WATER!!!! DUH!!!
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Ann McCue salsaqueen
Jan 1, 2014
Very interesting Nancy!!! yes maby it does have to be hot. I might have to try that being as my drip pans are pretty much a mess!!hahaha!!! next time I make a batch I will let some spill over!!!! :)
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Nancy Carnahan Nancycar
Dec 31, 2013
I use Zote soap and discovered a great benefit that I have to explore further. I used a pan too small and it boiled over. My husband is a very messy cook and there was cooked on grease in the drip pan. When I got around to cleaning the mess up, about an hour later, the cooked on grease came off without scrubbing/ I tried putting some on something else, but it didn't work as well. Maybe it needs to be hot.
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Ann McCue salsaqueen
Dec 31, 2013
Thanks Michelle!!! its a great soap!!! I am still making it!!!Has saved me a bundle!!! plus it does the job!!!!