Sunday, March 15, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

I made some homemade laundry soap the other day and I really like it! I thought I would share the recipe with everyone, it's easy and you should try it! It does work, our laundry is clean! No complaints here! And at $.01 per load (at least they say how much it is, I'm going to keep track of my loads I get out of it and see how much it really comes to.) It's definitly worth a try!

The Recipe
1 full bar of soap (Fels Naptha, Ivory, or Zote)

1 C Arm & Hammer Washing Soda/Sodium Carbonate/Soda Ash (this is NOT baking soda - can be found in laundry section or on Amazon)

1 C 20 Mule Team Borax/Sodium Borate powder

1/2 oz. Essential Oil, if desired, any scent you like!
2 gallon bucket for mixing and storage

Grate the soap and add to a sauce pan with 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. The gel will be the consistency of egg noodle soup. You use ½ cup per load, or more if you think you need it.
While Melting the Soap.
This was before it had time to set up.

This soap is described as low sudsing. It also gels in a very odd way. It is not a smooth gel, but a watery one, it's also pretty clumpy. If it gels at all, you're fine. If it does not gel at all, you are to increase the amount of bar soap you use. Too much and it's too firm. The bottom line is to play around a bit with the mixture. At $0.1 per load, you can afford to try until you get it right. I also want to note that as I was reading through the original recipe I made some changes in my batch based on recommendations there. For example, I do not have "normal soil" on my laundry. I have children! I need a bit more power in my laundry soap, so I increased the soda and Borax from 3/4 cup to 1 cup.
I keep an old wooden spoon in the bucket to stir it before I measure it out for my laundry. Mine turned out GREAT! I like the smell how it is, Lloyd is allergic to scents and I'm not sure how the essential oils would do with his skin ( I know he's allergic to some of those too), So We're used to the free and clear stuff that has no scent, and this has a little from the Fels Naptha. If he's allergic to the Fels Naptha soap (we haven't found out yet) Then we'll use Dove (I saw another recipe that said to use whichever soap you want, but the Fels Naptha is a soap used for stains on laundry).
I found all of my items at Broulims (grocery store) in Soda Springs on the Laundry aisle all within 2 feet of each other on the shelf.

This is what my detergent looks like, kinda clumpy and watery.


Mosers said...

Hey.. I like you.. I'm totally up for pinching a penny any way I can..Pinch them til they scream! I think I'm going to try this!

Chris and Tara said...

You are quite the homemaker. I'm impressed. I would never think of making my own laundry soap. Well done. Ü