Here's the re-post - enjoy!
(from March, 2013)
I had come to the end of my container of store-bought laundry soap and saw I was staring down the the opportunity to give making my own a try or walking away and heading to the store to buy more.
Once again, here are my reasons:
- It seems pretty easy (well, except for the shredding soap, but I digress).
- It saves a LOT of money!
- I know exactly what's in it.
- I want to know if it works.
There are quite a few out there, all somewhat similar. I went with baking soda, washing soda, Borax and Fels Naptha soap. I am going to pick up some Oxy-Clean the next time I'm out and about to add that as well.
Some of the "recipes" I found used a scent to make it smell a bit better. I thought the Fels Naptha is a bit strong when you open the container, but the clothes smell fine, so I'm not going to add anything extra.
I also found that most of the "recipes" made a HUGE batch. I wanted to see what I thought BEFORE I committed to making a year's worth. If it didn't work, what on earth would I do with it? I'm going to add a series of links you can take a peek at and see if you want to go with their quantities/ combinations. There might be something you see there you like better or want to try.
BTW, you might have noticed I gave it 4 1/2 stars. It washes very well, a 5 star-er, BUT I have to be honest that the smell in the container isn't my favorite, hence, 4 1/2 stars. I'm picky, but overall I like it.
But for now, here's what I did. As I mentioned, the formulas made HUGE batches as they used the full size boxes of each. I cut the batches down to a manageable amount for a first try. I used the small, 1 pound baking soda box as my measure (not the giant one in the picture).
Powdered Laundry Soap
1 lb baking soda
1 lb washing soda
1 lb Borax
1/2 bar Fels-Naptha
As mentioned above, I took the small, 1 pound baking soda box and used that to measure my quantities. It might not be exactly 1 pound of each, more so 1 container.
Pour Borax, washing soda and baking soda in a bowl. Add Oxy-Clean, if you have it. I stirred this with a wisk - a bit like flour, sugar and baking powder!
Here's the one part EVERYONE complains about - shredding the soap bar. I used the grater "blade" on my mandolin and went at it. I considered it exercise for the morning. I found other ideas from people out on the Internet, but I wasn't interested in tucking it in the microwave and seeing what happened....just sayin'. I told myself to get over it and and grind. I did. I survived. It's fine.
Add this to the bowl and mix.
Pour the mixture into a container. I think that down the road, I will make up something lovely to hold it, but for now I will use a mason jar. Actually, 2 mason jars.
Here's where the money saving part comes in. You only need 1-2 tablespoons in a load to wash your clothes. Seriously! I've done about 4 loads so far and that's all I've used in each. I sprinkle the mixture in the empty washer, add the clothes and turn things on. The clothes are coming clean and they smell just fine when the are done drying.
Here are some links to other bloggers who are making their own, as well. Take a look and create your own! It's worth it. :o)
- How Does She - calls her the "World's Best" and has a lovely label you can print to add to your container.
- Slap Dash Mom uses just 3 ingredients to make hers - mine looks a lot like hers.
- Being Creative to Keep My Sanity makes hers as a HUGE batch. She does add Oxy-Clean to hers.
- Looking for a liquid soap? Zip over to My Merry Messy Life and see how she makes one.
- Budget 101 has the formula my daughter-in-law made. It's a bit complicated for me (I like simple) but she loves it. You can check it out here.
Between mine and the links above, there's plenty for you to consider if you are thinking about making your own. Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you.
Have fun creating,