Friday, October 28, 2011

{Pinterest Projects} Homemade Laundry Soap

My last post I blogged about making homemade spray starch - the beginning of my pinterest projects.  Today while home with bacterial sinititus, I decided to get up off the couch (around 3:30) and do something productive - homemade laundry soap.  I first saw my friend Valerie attempt this on her blog about Going Green.  Now, she has 3 boys + husband, so I imagine her pile of laundry is a wee bit bigger than mine, but my 2 men create an astonishing mountain by the end of the week.  Now, to be completely honest, we don't buy the expensive laundry soap (Tide, right?).  We usually buy the Target brand and it's been great, but I feel like we buy laundry soap all the time.  So, why not save some money and make my own?? Here goes.


{1} Bar of Soap or {1/2} Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap (a bit stronger)
{1} Cup of Borax
{1} Cup of Washing Soda

Grate a bar of soap of your choice.  I used Fels-Naptha. When I was looking up different recipes, many of them used this particular bar of soap because it is used for stain treating. 

Ohhh, looks like cheese. 

Boil 1 Gallon of Water with your bar soap shavings until melted. Just as an easy reference 4 quarts = 1 gallon.  I didn't have any empty milk jugs, so I just used my measuring cup that went up to 1 quart.  

Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda.  Let is all congeal, then remove from heat.

Add 1 gallon of cold water to your mixture.  Stir well.

This is what my son decided to do while I was making my soap.  I chalk it up to being a boy...soaking his entire foot in the dogs water bowl...

Tah-dah!  This recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent.  I had a 5 gallon bucket, so I just doubled up.  Yes, it is supposed to look all coagulated like that.  Also, this will not make any suds.  SUDS DO NOT = CLEAN! :)  I also read some people saying the Fels-Naptha is a bit harsh, so I used 1/2 the barsoap per batch....but for more mild barsoaps use a full bar. 

Most websites say it's about $6.00 for about 576 loads.  For the box of Borax, Washing Soda, and the bar soap it cost me around $9.00 and I will get over 600 loads from that. 

For Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 90 loads = $17.97.

The original site for this recipe came from Why Not Sew Blog


Valerie said...

Woohoo for the shout out! ;) Way to go on trying the soap. Since I make mine in half batches (my pot isn't big enough for whole batches), I've made 3 batches so far, and I'm still liking it. Especially the price. I'd try the spray starch recipe, but then I'd actually have to iron, right? ;)

young hwang said...

i'm trying the powdered soap version so i can skip the cooking step. i love the idea of homemade's so easy.. and much cheaper!!!

Roxane Pratt said...

Have you tried adding any scent to the detergent? I am thinking about trying the Something fabulous fragrance.

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