The Duggar family is famous for many things, and one of them is their Duggar laundry soap recipe.
With 19 kids, and a commitment to lead a debt free life, the Duggars have had to figure out how to make the most of the money they have.
One of the ways they do this is by making their own homemade laundry soap, instead of buying a commercial product.
On the Duggar's website they provide two recipes for their laundry soap, one a liquid and the other a powder. (***Update: It appears they've removed the powdered version from their website, so I would assume they are only using the liquid version now. ***End Update)
The ingredients for both the liquid and powdered laundry detergent recipe include:
In addition, when making the liquid version of the laundry soap they add 4 cups of hot water, plus additional hot water to fill almost the entire 5 gallon bucket, and then even more water later. (This recipe makes almost 10 gallons of laundry soap!!!)
To make this liquid version you should grate the bar of soap up, and add those shavings into the 4 cups of hot water that you've got in a saucepan over the stove. Keep the water at medium-low heat, and keep stirring the water and soap shavings until the soap melts and it is all combined.
Then, use a large 5 gallon bucket to combine all the ingredients, first filling this bucket about half way full of additional hot water.
Next, add the melted soap mixture, and the other powder ingredients, including the borax and washing soda, into the bucket of hot water, and then stir thoroughly until all the powder dissolves and everything is thoroughly combined.
Next, add additional hot water to the bucket until it's
almost full, and then leave overnight to allow it to congeal and gel a bit as it cools.
The next day, add some of this cooled mixture to an old laundry detergent jug, about halfway full, and then fill the jug the rest of the way with more hot water. Shake thoroughly before each use.
If you'd like to add scent using essential oils, you do this once it's been added to the laundry detergent jug, and add approximately 10 drops for every 2 gallons of laundry soap.
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