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Am I a tree hugger?

Am I a tree hugger? Sometimes, I mean I like trees and all, I am thankful for the beautifully breathtaking world we were given to live in, I even recycle most of the time. But as I found myself making household cleaning supplies recently I wondered if I was going granola?

As it turns out, I'm just cheap thrifty! My friend Anna told me she had found a recipe to make liquid laundry soap and that it would cost only one cent a load of laundry!!! Holy cow, Tide (my preferred brand) costs me about 50 cents a load. We we decided to do it. It took us about 20-30 minutes to make it and then it needed to sit overnight before we could combine it with more water and put it in our re-usable tree hugging containers (SEE I RECYCLE).

We used this recipe:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup -
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-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.
-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)
-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)
*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!!

I found this on the Duggar Family Blog


The washing begins today, so stay tuned to see how it works out!



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