August 10, 2011
All of us look for the best laundry soap for our camo that doesn’t smell like flowers and that won’t ruin our expensive camo. I have a solution. I have made this and love it. You don’t smell it, it’s very inexpensive and it works well!
If you want to use it for your daily wash, you can do that too! After I make the product and let it sit for 24 hours, I add several drops of geranium and lavender essential oils. Please read below for instructions. Lavender and geranium are natural antibacterials. They will help your laundry to smell great and will also help to get them clean! With this soap, there is no need to purchase a fabric softener. That’s a huge bonus.
The cost of this laundry soap is approximately 11.00 per 576 loads of laundry. I use it at home and with my camo. You can purchase the ingredients at most grocery stores. They can be found at Rural King stores and most farm and home stores as well as Schnucks in the laundry isle.
You need the following:
- 1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha
- 1-5 gallon bucket with a lid (I purchased mine at Home Depot)
The three bars of Fels-Naptha with the two other boxes will make enough laundry soap for approximately 576 loads of laundry.
Note: I also put a half of a cup of Oxy-Clean in my mixture for a little extra boost.
Many people say that they have made and used this laundry soap and are very pleased and impressed with the recipe. Mostly, they like the cost because it is inexpensive and works as well as Tide, if not better.
Step 1: Finely grate approximately 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha bar soap and put it into a sauce pan with 6 cups of hot water. Do not boil the water. Keep it hot though and stir it until the soap melts.
Step 2: Once the soap is dissolved, Add 1/2 cup of Borax Laundry Booster and 1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda to the sauce pan. Stir until all powder is dissolved. This is where I also add 1/2 cup of Oxy Clean. You do not have to but I do.
Step 3: Add 4 cups of hot water into your bucket. Once you have added the 4 cups of water to your bucket, add your soap mixture from your sauce pan and stir briefly to mix.
Step 4: Add 22 cups of water to the bucket. Make sure the water is room temperature. Stir to mix and let stand COVERED for 24 hours. Contents in bucket should gel.
USE 1/2 CUP OF FINAL PRODUCT PER STANDARD LOAD
Note: If it doesn’t gel, it will still work fine. if it doesn’t gel, I would stir it before using it. Store product in your closed bucket. If you don’t, the water will evaporate out of the mixture.
For home use, once the mixture is cool, I add 15 drops of Geranium Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. I then stir it up and let it sit with lid shut tight for 24 hours.