This week’s clip of Extreme Couponing follows Bree, a 28-year-old mother who makes her own laundry detergent for $20 a year. How cool is that? Watch a brief clip, then scroll down to get her detergent recipe.
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Homemade laundry detergent recipe from Bree on Extreme Couponing
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
1 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 five-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. (It will gel.)
Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two 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 (approximately 180 loads). Front-load machine: ¼ cup per load (approx. 640 loads).
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