Freshen Laundry Soap with Scent Crystals

I have been making liquid laundry detergent since around 2016, possibly earlier. With six people and around 427 loads of laundry to do weekly, there had to be a less expensive way to do the laundry. After hours of research, testing out many recipes, this recipe for liquid laundry soap has been a winner for years. Now, after months of trials, I have finally found out the perfect way to add a little booster to the laundry soap. Bring in the scent crystals to help Freshen Laundry Soap.

Downy Unstopables scent crystals

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Published August 26, 2022
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If you do not wish to add scent crystals, click the link below for my blog post with the recipe for Liquid Laundry Soap made from Scratch.

Laundry Soap Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup each of Borax Detergent Booster
5-ounce Fels Naptha Laundry Bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster Super Washing Soda
Water
1 cup Downy Unstopables Laundry Scent Crystals
5-gallon bucket

Laundry Booster and Borax boxes

Directions

1. Shred the bar of Fels Naptha with a box grater into a large pot on the stove.

2. Add 4 cups of water to the Fels Naptha in the pot and set the temperature to Medium.

whisk in a pot on the stove

3. Add 1 cup of Downy Unstopables Scent Crystals to the water and soap mixture, then whisk the solution for 10-minutes or until the Fels Naptha soap is fully dissolved in the water.

4. Fill up half of a 5-gallon bucket with hot water.

Water in 5-gallon bucket

5. Add 1 cup each of Borax Laundry Detergent Booster and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, then whisk well into the bucket.

6. Carefully pour the Fels Naptha water mixture into the 5-gallon bucket, then whisk well.

7. Fill the pot that held the water mixture and make sure to get all of the soap, then pour it into the 5-gallon bucket and whisk well.

8. Fill the rest of the 5-gallon bucket with hot water, within 1-inch of the rim, then cover the bucket and let it rest for 24-hours.

9. After a day of sitting, use an emersion blender to mix the laundry detergent completely as it will be lumpy and not smooth.

10. Use a large cup or measuring bowl to scoop and pour the laundry detergent into a small bottle. I recommend saving a bottle, washing it and using it for a homemade laundry detergent bottle to refill. I have not bought a bottle of laundry detergent since 2016 or so.

11. Each load typically uses 1/3 cup of homemade Liquid Laundry Soap. As the measuring cup was used to fill the bottle, it was then used to add detergent into the washer. Pro-tip: always rinse the cup in the running water to utilize all of it for the load, then the cup stays clean as well.

rinse measuring cup after fililng freshen laundry soap

12. Cover the 5-gallon bucket and then set aside for a different time.

Enjoy your freshened laundry detergent!
~Monica

Recipe to Freshen Laundry Soap with Scent Crystals

Ingredients to Freshen Laundry Soap

1 cup each of Borax Detergent Booster
5-ounce Fels Naptha Laundry Bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster Super Washing Soda
Water
1 cup Downy Unstopables Laundry Scent Crystals
5-gallon bucket

Directions to Freshen Laundry Soap

1. Shred the bar of Fels Naptha with a box grater into a large pot on the stove.
2. Add 4 cups of water to the Fels Naptha in the pot and set the temperature to Medium.
3. Whisk the solution for 10-minutes or until the Fels Naptha soap is fully dissolved in the water.
4. Fill up half of a 5-gallon bucket with hot water.
5. Add 1 cup each of Borax Laundry Detergent Booster and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, then whisk well into the bucket.
6. Carefully pour the Fels Naptha water mixture into the 5-gallon bucket, then whisk well.
7. Fill the pot that held the water mixture and make sure to get all of the soap, then pour it into the 5-gallon bucket and whisk well.
8. Fill the rest of the 5-gallon bucket with hot water, within 1-inch of the rim, then cover the bucket and let it rest for 24-hours.
9. After a day of sitting, use an emersion blender to mix the laundry detergent completely as it will be lumpy and not smooth.
10. Use a large cup or measuring bowl to scoop and pour the laundry detergent into a small bottle. I recommend saving a bottle, washing it and using it for a homemade laundry detergent bottle to refill. I have not bought a bottle of laundry detergent since 2016 or so.
11. Each load typically uses 1/3 cup of homemade Liquid Laundry Soap. As the measuring cup was used to fill the bottle, it was then used to add detergent into the washer. Pro-tip: always rinse the cup in the running water to utilize all of it for the load, then the cup stays clean as well.
12. Cover the 5-gallon bucket and then set aside for a different time.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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