I caught the Duggars on the Dr. Oz show yesterday, and am in awe with Michelle Duggar. She has learned to make homemade laundry soap, homemade wipes and cooks fresh from her garden—for 19 children (and counting)! But don’t let the Susie Homemaker image fool you. Michelle is well spoken and knowledgeable in television interviews and newspaper and magazine features around the globe—not to mention there’s a Duggar book on the market and she runs a blog chock full of parenting advice for moms. I can’t tell you how she manages it all, but I do have her recipe here for homemade laundry soap. She says it’s very economical. The amount she makes for $3.00 would cost her $300.00 in the store.
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)