Thursday, December 29, 2011

DIY laundry soap

Are you tired of buying expensive laundry soap? 
Well..with a family of seven I was, so I found a recipe for homemade laundry soap. This stuff is awesome because it's way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. You only have to use 1 Tablespoon per load. I'm thinking it will last about 9 months (We do about 8 loads a week). 9 months of laundry soap for less than $10, have I got you interested yet?

What you'll need: 

  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle


  • 1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle


  • 3 bars of Fels-naptha soap, found in the detergent isle


You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store,(I was surprised to find it on all on the same shelf). This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it's not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a essential oils also (I used lilac scent)

**I plan on using this for cloth diapers also, but I may omit the Fels-naptha soup not sure yet.**  UPDATE: Soap (including Fels-Naptha) should not be used because of the residue issues.


 Now that you have everything you need let's get grating. Start out by grating your Fels-naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. This is the part my kids love to do! 

I decided to put the mixture in a container with a lid lined with a trash bag, (this way the little ones don't use it as a sand box & it will stay air tight). 
 Next add the boxs of Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, Essental oils (optional) and mix well. Don't worry about the Fels-naptha soap it will melt in any cycle, even cold.
Wasn't that easy? You just made soap..Enjoy!

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