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This is my favorite DIY project of all time. I have jarred it up and gave it away for Christmas, I have made it several times, and it saves tons of money. Plus, making it makes your house smell amazing.

I have read that this works well with HE washing machines.

My recipe comes from my friends blog, but the following are from my own experience making it:

Laundry Soap
Ingredients Needed:
5 Gallon Bucket (you will fill this all the way)
Several Large Pots
1/2 Cup Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Laundry Booster or Laundry Soda
A Bar of Laundry Soap
15-20 Drops Essential Oil (Optional)
Tea Kettle or similar sized pot for boiling water

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Start pots of water (including a tea kettle) boiling, leaving one burner open for your saucepan.

Grate soap and put in saucepan.

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Add just enough water to cover and heat on low, stirring enough so that it does not stick, until melted completely.

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Add the teakettle of water to your bucket and melted soap. Stir until combined.

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Add washing soda and borax (and oil) at this point. Stir until dissolved.

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Add more boiling water until bucket is 2/3 full (I have only a couple of small pots and usually at this point I am adding hot water from the faucet to get the bucket 2/3 full and it still works great). Keep stirring. Then fill the rest of the bucket with hot (not boiling) water. Let stand.

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After a few hours you should have the consistency of gelatin with some liquid around it. At this point you can keep it in your bucket or transfer some to a smaller jar to use in your washing machine. It only take 1/4 cup for a load. When I have a large load I use a heaping 1/4 cup.

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