Monday, March 7, 2011

homemade laundry soap

     A couple of years ago, my friend, the Housewife, gave me this recipe for homemade laundry soap. I originally had a top loading machine, but now have a front loader. It is works well in either.
     There are only three ingredients to make this detergent. I make ten recipes at once, in order to save time. Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda costs around three dollars a box. Ten recipes use an entire box. The Mule Team Borax is a little over three dollars and a half of a box is enough. The Fels Naptha laundry bar soap is $.99 cents at our local Publix food market and around $1.25 at Ace Hardware. Kroger has stopped carrying it. My initial investment is around sixteen dollars, but don't have to purchase detergent stuff for several months.
     The most time consuming part of this process is grating the bar soap.  I use a large knife to cube the Fels Naptha, then throw it into my food processor and run until it resembles cornmeal. Blend the three soaps together in an airtight container to store.
     Here's the best part: 
     You only use one or two tablespoons per load!!!  Why, you ask? No fillers. For this reason, I am spending only a few cents per load. My laundry is fresh and clean. Here's the recipe... 
mix together:
1 C. super washing soda
1/2 C. mule team borax
1 bar of fels naptha soap, grated
Use 1 Tbsp. for a light load or 2 for a heavy one 
If you need a delicate soap for allergy sufferers or baby clothes, you can use Ivory soap instead.
You'll love the clean, natural smell.
Next time, we'll be discussing skin care recipes from the kitchen!

2 comments:

  1. this is awesome. I want to share it on my MrsGreenThings.com site!

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  2. go ahead and share, T... you should also make some for your household!

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