Friday, April 5, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap

With my new found vow to start living smart and single I've been trying to find ways to really save some cash, every little bit helps I think. One thing that I've always wondered about is making my own laundry soap. My Mom tried it once awhile back but she didn't like the recipe she used.

I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest. The author lays out the directions very specifically and I can't stress enough that following those directions closely and exactly makes a huge difference. The recipe calls for three main ingredients (well four if you count water but that's sort of obvious):

  • 20 Mule Borax ($6)
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, very different) ($3)
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap ($1)

(all pictures from Google search, mine sucked lol)

I found all of these ingredients at WalMart except for the Borax, that was at Albertson's for me but they are all in the laundry area. Should be a total of about $10 dollars. Not bad considering a regular size thing of Tide is $12.00. 

I am going to suggest you just go directly to the recipe site{here} because the directions are very long and specific and I don't want to mess them up. 

I will tell you that grating the Fels Naptha soap was the biggest pain in the hinny. I just used a grater that I got at the thrift store so that if it got nasty it wouldn't hurt my feelings. I sat and grated the entire bar and watched about 2 and a half episodes of "The United States of Tara" on NetFlix. So it took a little time but I think it was worth it. 



The mason jar on the blender trick was freakin' fabulous and I will be using it again! I didn't buy lids for my jars (whoops) but here's how mine looked in the end:


I put plastic over the tops and tightened a rubber band around them. So far I've washed a load of whites and a load of colors using this soap and they came out smelling good and looked nice and fresh! I will still use my Woolite Dark on my denim jeans because I love them as dark as possible but so far I have been impressed and I think I will keep making this stuff! Especially since all I would have to buy next time is the Fels Naptha, $1 vs. $12. Easy math even for an English teacher. 


3 comments:

  1. I have been using this for over a year now. I like it. Once in awhile, I add in some clorox 2, if its really a dirty load. But, overall, I am happy with it! Hope you are too!

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  2. Mason jar on a blender, what?! That's awesome. And do you use anything else to scent it with? No, right? So it smells good as is? That's cool!

    I've been wanting to try a soap recipe like this, but my husband thinks it's gross. I think I'll try it anyway! (So rebellious I know)

    Brie - Breezy Pink Daisies

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  3. I want to try this! I was at the store just this afternoon and the good laundry detergent costs at least fifteen dollars! This seems more cost effective AND healthier!

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