Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap

I have been using this laundry soap for almost 1.5 years and I love it.
I love the smell (reminds me of the smell of Gma Williams remnants of soap she has hiding in jars under every bathroom in her house waiting for the time when they congeal to make a new bar of soap. How long does that take anyways?).
I love the COST (less than 3 cent per load).
It takes me less than 10 minutes to make. I used to make this in liquid form, but found that the containers I used wasted a lot of the soap that got stuck in the bottle towards the end and the process ot make it took longer. So, I went to powdered form about 1 year ago and I like it just the same (less dishes to wash when I make it too!).

Recently while at Costco they had samples of laundry soap on display. Almost against my will, the man at the table got me to smell it. I was so overpowered by how STRONG it smelled. My laundry smells good, but its a clean smell, not a perfume smell. I like that.

Here's the recipe:

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
Fels Naptha Soap
grate the bar of soap (these work the best to grate things). Add 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda. Mix in gallon ziploc bag. Use 1 Tablespoon per load.
All of these ingredients I can find at the grocery store in the cleaning isle (soap found in the soaps and body wash isle).

Do any of you make your own household cleaning products?


Eva Jane said...

Thanks! I just bought soap but when I'm out again I'm doing this.

The Wiseman Life said...

Do u know if u can use it with a front loader?

Katie said...

Yes, you can use it with a front can put it in the tray or just put it right in with your clothes.

Lisa said...

I just went out and bought my unscented laundry soap. I figure I'll be using it for at least the next couple of months, as I do not tolerate smells well in the first trimester of pregnancy. That fels naptha soap has a REALLY strong smell, though, and it fumigated my entire house when I made the liquid version (from cooking it over the stove.) I do like the homemade laundry soap, but definitely prefer the powdered version. It's good to have on hand for when you run out of the other stuff.