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Make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent (That Smells Awesome!)
DIY & Crafts
What you will need:
Bar of soap- I used Zote, some use fels-naptha, I have heard of some using scented bar soap. (Dial, etc.)
Scent beads of crystals (optional)
Spoon with long handle (not plastic, wooden preferably to prevent boil over)
5 gallon bucket with lid
Step 1: grate the entire bar of soap with cheese grater. Make sure it is thinly grated. This is the hardest you will work through the entire process.
Step 2: fill the pan halfway full of water and bring to a boil
Step 3: once water is boiling, stir in grated soap until it is entirely melted
Step 4: add 1 cup of borax SLOWLY. During this process, a reaction occurs that will cause the mixture to boil over. A wooden spoon helps in this step to prevent boil overs by placing the spoon across the pan. If you don't have a wooden spoon, no worries, just add the borax a little at a time. Once it's added, stir. The mixture will look like this:
Step 5: add 1 cup of Washing Soda. Stir it in well. This will eliminate the foamy look of the mixture. Remove from heat once mixed well. It will look like this:
Step 6: fill the 5 gallon bucket halfway with HOT water.
OPTIONAL STEP: add scent beads or crystals to 5 gallon bucket and stir until dissolved. It will look like this:
Step 7: add mixture from stove to 5 gallon bucket. Mix well.
Step 8: fill 5 gallon bucket the remainder of the way up with more water
Step 9: let bucket with mixture sit for 24 hours before using to allow the mixture to thicken.
Step 10: save money and enjoy your homemade detergent
Find more step-by-steps at www.craftingcreationsbyemily.blogspot.com