Homemade laundry detergent recipe could be a money saver

If you feel you're spending too much money on laundry detergent, one solution could be to make it yourself.

A family in Arkansas came up with a recipe they say will clean your clothes and save you a lot of money.

To make the detergent, you need a Fels-Naptha soap bar, one cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, a half cup of Borax, and four cups of hot tap water.

Those ingredients cost around $10 all together.

First, you'll need to grate the bar of soap and add it to a saucepan with the water.

Stir continually over medium low heat until the soap melts completely.

Next, you'll need to fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.

You then have to add the melted soap, the washing soda, and the Borax.

Stir the bucket until all of the powder is dissolved.

Finally, fill the bucket to the top with more hot water.

Stir the bucket again, then cover.

You'll have to let the mixture set overnight. Those behind the recipe say you'll have a lot of detergent to use.

You can also add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per two gallons, if you want a particular scent.

"You figure for $10, it's going to last you for six months," Colleen Pyle, who uses the homemade detergent, said. "I go through a bottle of Gain in two weeks. So, yeah, it saves you a lot of money."

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