A while back my friend, Lisa, (who also helped me make this shag pillow,) told me
about her amazing homemade laundry soap! She couldn’t say enough good things about it.
We have the same size of family and do about the same amounts of laundry each week,
soooo….I decided it was time to give it a try.
Laundry soap is getting more and more expensive and I really didn’t have anything to lose.
(She originally learned it from a friend who got it from here.)
Here is what you will need:
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax– Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda– Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean– Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but we highly recommend adding it)
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap– Found in the detergent aisle (You can also use Fels Naptha)
2 (2 lb) Boxes or 1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda– Found in the cooking aisle
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener– Found in the detergent aisle (This is 100% optional. We just like our laundry detergent to smell good and we really like soft laundry. We only used one.)
It was super easy to make. The only thing you really have to do is grate the 2 bars of Zote soap.
Then you just dump everything together in a big bucket and stir.
We used an empty tote to make it easier to stir. The deeper and skinnier the bucket is, the harder to stir.
As you can see, all the kids wanted to “help” and get in on the action. =)
Stir it until it is all really mixed up and then put it into whatever container you are going to use.
A really cute glass jar with vinyl that says “Laundry Soap” would be awesome, but for me this old ice cream bucket worked just great!
You only use 2 TBSP per load!!
I put the date on my container to see how long it would last me.
I can’t wait to figure out how much I’m going to save our family each year!
Since using the soap:
*My favorite thing about this is soap is that I don’t even use fabric softener sheets anymore.
*I was also kind of worried about the smell, me being pregnant and all, that is a huge concern for me. Luckily, it is a good clean smell, not a strong knock you out smell!
*I was also curious about how this would work in my HE washer and it has been great. It doesn’t get really sudsy, which I think is a little better for the machine.
So what do you have to lose? Try it today and let me know what you think.
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