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Everyone has an opinion about the Duggar Family made famous via the reality show on TLC’s “19 and Counting”.  My opinion is that they are fabulous. I love their God-driven, family-oriented and frugal mindset. They are truly an inspiration to me and my family–I’ve even read (and recommend) both of their books. Being a stay-at-home mom, I  look for new ways to improve my household and dare I say my “domesticity”.
When I learned about their homemade laundry soap, I was ready to try it out. Boy, am I sure glad I did. For less than $30, I purchased the ingredients and supplies to make a year’s worth of laundry soap for my family. You can add your own essential oils so it smells like your favorite scent. Personally, I didn’t add any scent and it’s working just fine for us. Perhaps the next batch I make I’ll add some lavender or vanilla.
Some helpful tips: I purchased the ingredients on Amazon.com, as some ingredients are not available at the local grocery store. For the 5 gallon bucket, my husband picked one up for under $7 at the hardware store. Once the batch is done the next morning, fill up a detergent container  halfway with the soap, and halfway with water. Remember to use 1 part water: 1 part liquid soap in your detergent container and shake before each use. You can get Rubbermaid containers that work perfectly at CVS or Wal-Mart.
Here’s the Duggar Family’s Recipe for Liquid Laundry Soap (exact recipe found on their blog: http://www.duggarfamily.com)
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

Instructions:

  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  3. Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Additional Notes:

  • Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!
  • Works well in traditional or HE machines.
  • Low sudsing. It is the ingredients in the soap, not the suds, that does the cleaning.
  • Clumping and geling of the detergent is normal. Stir before putting in dispenser, and shake before each use.
  • For stains, consider using an inexpensive spray-on stain remover before washing. (Zout, Spray ‘n’ Wash, Oxyclean)

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