Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Laundry soap: making your own

Homemade laundry soap. I didn't know such a thing still existed until earlier this year. What? You can make your own? How cool!

But I kept putting off gathering the supplies until one day I was standing in Wal-mart at the end of the month, and hence the end of the grocery budget, thinking "laundry soap or more chocolate?" ;) I decided to look more closely into making my own and discovered...

Making your own is simple, fun and cheap... and it seems to be getting ever more popular. My friend Natalie just started making her own too!

Since there's not enough room in my laundry room to store five gallons of liquid detergent I decided to go with a powdered recipe. Though, if you have the room I'd definitely recommend checking out Natalie's liquid version.

Ingredients:

1 cup fels naptha bar soap (Dove works too)
3/4 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
3/4 cup borax
1/2 cup oxi clean (opt.)



1. Grate the soap

2. Add the other ingredients and mix well

3. Use 1 T per load.

Complicated, huh? :) It works for me and is super cheap.


Using these calculations, it costs about 2 pennies a load.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great recipe! I have used the liquid one before but have just gotten out of the habit. Thanks for the encouragement!
Mrs. Hardin

Cyndy said...

I make the liquid stuff and re-use the old store bought laundry detergent jugs...I love this stuff!
Thanks for coming by my blog!

Mom2three said...

I've been making my laundry detergent for a while now and I love it! I'm able to find everything at my local grocery store or Ace Hardware. Great pictures to illustrate!

http://cooking-with-aspiring-mom2three.blogspot.com/search/label/laundry

Jerralea said...

How interesting that you can use Dove soap instead of Fels Naptha. That sounds much nicer to me ... I may give this a try.