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...
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    I may have to try this! With a family of 5, detergent gets very expensive!! Thanks for sharing it!

    3831 days ago
    that is great
    you are full of ideas
    3847 days ago
    that is great
    you are full of ideas
    3847 days ago
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