Introduction: Homemade Laundry Butter

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Make your own Homemade Laundry Butter and household cleaner. it is phosphate free, gentle on skin, eco friendly and budget friendly.

It only takes 1 tbsp per load of laundry! Enjoy!

Step 1: Measure 6oz of Grated 100% Coconut Soap. (superfat 0)

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Cut chunks of soap and place in salad shooter to make coconut soap shreds. Weigh on digital scale to 6oz.

Step 2: Measure Borax and Washing Soda

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Measure 8 oz of each Washing Soda and Borax. Put them in their own bowls.

Step 3: Boil Water

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In a stainless steel pot with a lid, bring 6 cups of distilled water just to a boil, then take off the heat

Step 4: Add Soap

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Pour grated soap into hot water and stir to dissolve completely

Step 5: Add Borax

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*Slowly* sprinkle in 1 cup of borax, and stir until dissolved. *Do* *not* add to boiling water or with the soap when the water is super hot, or it will crystalize and you'll never get the crystals out.

Step 6: Add Washing Soda

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Stir in 1 cup of washing soda (made by baking 1 cup of baking soda @ 400F for 30 min.) and stir to dissolve. 

Step 7: Wait 3 to 6 Hours

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Cover pot with the lid and let the mixture gel at room temperature for 3 to 6 hours until completely cool and set. Don't try to speed up process, or you'll end up with more crystals.

Step 8: Mix With Stick Blender

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When mixture is completely cool and gelled, use the stick blender to emulsify, making sure to get the bottom of the pot where some of your borax may have settled. Blend until the soap is the consistency of thick, creamy mayonnaise all the way through and all clumps are gone.
At this time you can add any EOs that you'd like. Some essential oils survive the washer better than other. Some scents stay better if you use a clothes line rather than a heat dryer. 

Step 9: Load Into Quart Size Jars.

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Bottle into 2 one quart canning jars, tamping lightly on a folded towel to expel air bubbles. Store at room temp.


Dalton63841 (author)2016-09-19

I've been making my own laundry detergent for like a year now, using a different recipe. How much of this goes into a large load?

LeahP21 (author)Dalton638412016-09-20

1 tbsp per load. if you need a bit more cleansing, you can use with oxi clean as well, but they make a little more suds.

Dalton63841 (author)LeahP212016-09-21

1 Tbsp? That's amazing. I use the liquid recipe from WellnessMama and it requires a half a cup. One more question... In lieu of an emersion blender, would a drill chuck paint mixer like this work:

LeahP21 (author)Dalton638412016-09-22

other uses for laundry butter.....
1 tsp in dishwasher

1 tbsp in spray bottle with water (multipurpose cleaner)

equal parts laundry butter and baking soda (soft scrub)

use a dab of laundry butter on stains and scrub with brush (stain fighter)

LeahP21 (author)Dalton638412016-09-22

yes you can use that. this batch yields about 2.5 quarts. you can double the batch if needed. I'm sure that type of mixer would work. I bought my stick blender online and I paid under $30. So it is up to you!

deankosmac (author)2016-08-29

You can also use Sodium bicarbonate to make Washing soda (Sodium
bicarbonate is cheaper in our country) by putting it into oven and heat it up
to 222°C (430F) for about 15mins. The process is called decarboxylation. I also avoid Borax
for colored clothes, since it starts working above 60°C, and I wash my colored
clothes at 40°C. Nice tutorial though!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-08-29

Nice. Sure beats the commercial products that they sell in stores.

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