Thursday, March 15, 2012

Emergency Laundry Kit

submitted by: Christi Jardine- Stake Provident Living Leader
This is a great way to store a large amount of laundry detergent in a small space! Make sure to include the recipe for laundry soap in the bucket!

Mobile Washer (Emergency Essentials)
5 gallon bucket
Clothes line
Clothes pins
Rubber gloves
Fels-Naptha soap bar
Washing Soda

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap-  yield: 5 gallons
Charlene Hertzberg, May 27, 2009, localnews.coom, Idaho Falls

4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha Soap bar
1 cup Washing Soda
½ 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 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir will until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. To make it easy to use, pour it into an old laundry detergent container.

Optional: Add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. (lavender, rosemary, etc.)

¼ cup per load: Top Loading Machine (approx.180 loads)
1/8 cup per load: Front Loading Machines (approx.360 loads)