Monday, April 23, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

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For the past 6 months or so, I have been making my own laundry soap. It works FANTASTIC! It smells wonderful, it cleans beautifully, and it is significantly less expensive. (Just what we all like to hear, right?!)


You will need Borax, Washing Soda, Fels Naptha (or Zote, Ivory, or your favorite bar), and a cheese grater. (The oxy cleaner is optional)


First, you grate your soap. I only have a large hole grater, if you have a fine grater, you won't need to do the blending step. :-)


1 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda)


Put half the soap in the processor or blender and the powder and blend.


1 cup Borax, and blend as above

I usually add 1 cup of oxy cleaner, but I ran out on the 1st batch I made today. (oops!) Mix, and you have your detergent!

Use 1 Tablespoon per load. I've been told that this IS safe for HE machines because it is a low (almost zero) suds soap. I also use about 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a "downy ball" for fabric softener. It leaves our clothes soft and virtually static free!

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10 comments:

  1. This looks great. I have seen posts about the liquid laundry soap, but not the dry!

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    1. Great! If you try it, let me know how you like it! :-)

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    1. Thank you! :-) It was my first tutorial!

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    1. Thank you! :-) Gotta be inventive sometimes.

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  4. Good post! I also make my own soap. I use differant bar soap, organic. A real money saver.....

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  5. Hmm - I might have to consider this. We use a currently use liquid detergent, but we could stand to save some money!

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  6. I found your blog post via the Homstead Barn Hop link-up. I LOVE making my own DIY cleaning supplies, including laundry powder. It's so eays, economical and non-toxic. IN fact, I still have a huge batch that I"ve been using for months, and it's not even close to being used up yet :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

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  7. Found your post from the barn hop. I've been making my own laundry soap for a few years, but the liquid. I think I will try your method next time. Thanks for the info!
    Lori

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