Homemade Laundry Soap
Today I thought I would share how I make the most popular of homemade cleaning products, laundry soap. I love making homemade laundry soap because it's easy to make, smells great, works well, lasts forever and costs next to nothing to make! Because it is also a gentle soap I was able to use it on my son's clothes when he was a new born and saved money by not buying the expensive laundry soap for babies. A two gallon batch of laundry soap will last my family of three about three months and the ingredients, one box of Borax and Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, lasted me TWO YEARS! In case you were wondering... Yes, I do wash my clothes on a regular basis, it just doesn't take much soap to do a load of laundry so it lasts a long time! Ready to learn how to make my favorite laundry soap? Here we go!
1. 1/2 Cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda-(cost is around $2.50 per box)
2. 1/2 Cup of Borax- (cost is around $4.00 a box)
3. 1/2 Cup of Fels-Naptha- (cost is around $.90 per bar)
4. 2 one gallon containers for storage. (I use two large gallon water jugs that I found at Wal-Mart for $2.00 each.)
5. Two gallons of boiling water.
6. A funnel
|Ingredients needed for laundry soap|
Second: Grate or chop up the bar of Fels-Naptha. I chopped my bar of soap because my grater doesn't do a very good job with this soap.
This is what the soap looked like when I was done, but I would recommend chopping it finer than this so that It doesn't take too long to melt in the hot water.
Third: Pour 1/4 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, 1/4 cup of Borax and 1/4 cup of Fels-Naptha into each once gallon pot of water. On medium heat, allow the mixture to melt until it is completely liquefied.
Fourth: Funnel your cooled off laundry soap into each one gallon container.
|The finished product!|
Note: As the soap sits it may separate a little, as you can see in this picture. This is perfectly fine and happens if a little too much Fels-Naptha is added. All you have to do is shake the jug before you use the soap. It might look a little funny, but it will still work great.
Voila! Now it's time for you to try! I hope you have fun discovering thrifty tips to save money for your home!