Made Laundry Soap!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
My best friend is quickly moving toward self-sufficiency, growing most of her own food even, and after spending a night a her house, and loving the softness and scent of her towels, she admitted she makes her own laundry soap. I was inspired! I have always dreamed of being able to rely a little on my own abilities. Today I started out small with laundry soap:
Laundry Soap Recipe
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
5 Gallon Bucket (ask your grocery store bakery for a FREE frosting bucket)
1 Cup Washing Soda (I used Arm and Hammer- make sure it says "washing soda" and NOT "laundry detergent"
1 Cup Borax
4 1/2 Gallons Water- Very hot
1 Cup Liquid Fabric Softener (cheap not concentrated) or 1/2 c. concentrated
Place grated soap in a saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water, and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and Borax mix well.( at this point I add 1 or 1/2 cups of liquid fabric softener) As it cools it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1/2cup per load
PS sometimes I also add another bar of soap.. either Ivory or Leaver 2000 it gives it a little nicer smell I think...
After shopping for the ingredients the costs worked out:
Fels Naptha- $1.19 bar
Washing Soda- $2.69 box (55 ozs. but used 8 ozs. for a per batch cost of $0.39)
Borax- $2.98 box (76 ozs. but used 8 ozs. for a per batch cost of $0.31)
Fabric Softener- $3.97 (51 ozs. used 6 ozs. for a batch cost of $0.62)
Lever Soap- $0.88 bar
Per Batch total cost was $3.39 which washes 180 loads, or $0.018 per load! To get a better idea of cost, Walmart's inexpensive Sun Laundry Detergent was marked down to $6.48 for the 112 load size or $0.0578 per load! And to think I was using ALL or Tide before...