With gas prices on the rise, I am sure we are all looking for co$t saving ideas. So with my blog theme this month being "Made in March", I'm going to start the month with a new favorite inspired by Marie at Cottage Homestead. About 2 months ago, I made my first batch of liquid laundry soap and I've perfected it now to the point that it is my FAVORITE fresh clean laundry smell. Plus it only cost $.86 per 64 loads! Yes, I'm sure I did the math right, and this meets the h.e. requirements for energy efficient front loaders! I have featured the ingredients on the margin of my blog through Amazon, if you have trouble finding anything in your area.
1 bar of Fels-Naptha Soap (if you don't have heavy stains, Ivory works fine)
1 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
3/4 Cup Borax
Lemongrass or other Essential oil (optional)
It is also VERY helpful to have a funnel and a slotted spoon.
Pre-fill 5 one-gallon jugs 1/2 full of water. (I use distilled or pre-boiled water to prevent bacteria growth...most people use tap water.) If you are going to add an essential oil, then put about 5 drops in each jug with the water. I use lemongrass oil for a wonderful clean smell and it is an antimicrobal so it helps kill stuff like ringworm, athletes foot, etc.
BTW-It will gel, but not always to the same thickness. Using distilled water increases the thickness of the gel.
SAFETY NOTE: Since you may be reusing milk jugs, apple juice containers, or other already labeled containers, it is important that kids know it is NOT food. For a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, go the the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for the address and directions.