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Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and Stain Remover, 5 Ounce
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1 bar Fels Naptha grated/shredded
1 cup A&H SUPER WASH SODA 55 OZ
1 cup Dial #00368 76OZ 20 Mule Team Borax
mix all ingredients and store in a air tight container and use 2 tablespoons at a time.
It got the cloths clean and left them bright and fluffy. leaves no scent. It does not suds up but it does work
My grandmother turned me on to Fels Naphta when I bought my new home about 20 years ago.
She gave me this recipe (see below) that she has used forever. I adopted and adapted the recipe, tweaked it a little over the years and have saved untold amounts of money. It's not hard to create your own laundry soap. I only have to make it with this recipe about every six months. Despite what the fancy LG and other related clothes washer manufacturers tell you, you don't have to buy $20 laundry soap for their machines. If you're interested, here's the recipe my grandma gave me!
ps.. lucky me.. I found 50 bars of Fels Naphta at a grocery store in a "bargain bin" many years ago for... are you ready? 25 cents a bar! :) Set for life...
1 bar Fels Naphta Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
1 bar plain Ivory Bath Soap Ivory Original Bar Soap, 16 Count
2 cups Borax Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Cleaner-76 oz.
2 cups Super Washing Soda 2 Boxes (55oz ea) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner (NOT baking soda)
5 gallon plastic bucket with lid (MUST be plastic!)
VERY sturdy plastic stirrer
Amico Plaster Mixing Tool 0.4" Dia Round Shaft Paint Mixer Stirring Paddle Brass Tone (OPTIONAL but very useful!)
In a small crock pot, place Fels Naphta and Ivory in with about 2 quarts of water. Heat on low until soap is melted stirring every few hours. (Note, I do this in my garage as it makes the whole house smell like soap!) Takes anywhere from 6-10 hour to melt completely. I just start it right before I go to bed and leave it going all day while I'm at work. I use a crock pot, because I've boiled over the mixture way too many times on my stove.
Pour melted mixture into 5 gallon bucket. Slowly stir in Borax and Washing Soda into the hot Fels Naphta and Ivory. Add 2 1/2 gallons of very hot water and stir very thoroughly. You can add more or less hot water if you want, but you'll have to experiment with your laundry afterward to find the right amount necessary to get your clothes clean. With this amount of water, one cup of the detergent will usually do the trick.
Cover the mixture after stirring and let sit over night. You usually end up with a thick gel on top about an inch thick with mushy liquid underneath. I've always taken a large knife to break up the surface and then use my large stirring spoon the mix the rest of the way. Voila!
Stir your bucket before each use.
Get a cheap 1-cup measuring cup to keep by your bucket. You do have to rinse it out after each use, otherwise it'll end up becoming caked with the dried soap.
Get smaller buckets to store the mixture. The five gallon bucket is very cumbersome!
Use white vinegar in your rinse cycle as a softener.
If you have really filthy clothes, add a tablespoon of borax to the mixture. Kicks that dirt out hardcore!
TIP ADDED 04/27/2013
Thought I'd add something that has become very useful in making this soap.
Get yourself a paint stirrer that can be used in a power drill similar to this one:
Amico Plaster Mixing Tool 0.4" Dia Round Shaft Paint Mixer Stirring Paddle Brass Tone
Use your power drill to mix everything together before letting it sit overnight. This eliminates the "lumpiness" factor.
After the mixture has set overnight, break it up with a sturdy spoon, then power mix it again with your paint mixing tool using a power drill. This turns the mixture into a consistency similar to pancake mix, allowing you to funnel it into useful containers like milk jugs.
Notes: I've used this recipe for well over 15 years. 5 years in a regular washer and 10 in my fancy LG washer that claims I have to use "special" soap. Have NEVER had a problem with the LG washer. About once a month, I run the LG through the "tub clean" cycle with a couple cups of white vinegar to keep the lines and water scaling cleared out.
Comment and let me know your experiences. I'm always up for good tips!
1 bar of soap
1 cup of washing soda
1 cup of borax
Microwave the bar of soap for about a minute so that it balloons (making it easier to process). Alternatively you could grate the bar but then you have larger chunks of soap. Throw the soap, washing soda, and borax in to a food processor and blend away. In less than ten minutes you have homemade laundry powder. It only takes 1-2 Tbl of soap for each load.
Fels Naptha is considered the gold standard for making homemade detergent. I rarely find this soap in the stores (it's only a dollar when I do) so I add this on to an amazon order whenever I need it. I've tried making detergent with ivory and it didn't work as well. The Fels Naptha soap gets my laundry CLEAN (and I have two pets and three kids).
It's cheap, easy, and effective.