Monday, April 25, 2011

Making Laundry Soap

I needed to make a new batch of laundry soap this morning and I thought I would share my process for doing it with anyone who has not yet done it and would like to give it a try. I have been making my own laundry soap for about 2 years now. I have tried different recipes, tweeked them some to fit our cleaning needs and have finally setteled on this. It is finally one that does quiet well getting my husbands work clothes clean and the kids outdoor clothes, which lately are usually pretty muddy, and our stinky barn chore clothes smelling clean, but not perfumy. First, you need to grate a bar of soap. Today I am using Fels Naptha. I can get that at my loacal IGA for $1.35. Sometimes I use my own homeade lard soap but I didn't have any this morning. Dr. Broner's is also a good choice. Put your grated soap into your pot and fill with just enough water to cover.

Put it on the stovetop and heat it, sitrring occasionally, until the soap has melted.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of washing soda and 1 cup of borax

Now you need to fill your bucket (mine is a 3 gallon, but I have actually made up to 5 gallons with this same recipe. smaller bucket= thicker gel larger = not quite as thick) 1/4 full with hot tap water.

You are now going to add your soap mixture to the bucket of hot water and stir. Then fill the bucket the rest of the way up with cold water. Stir.

Let cool and use. I use 1 cup per load. Now, this makes a thick gel so to make it easier to use what I do is start filling the washer with Hot water. Add your cup of soap and swish it around with your hand. Now you are ready to turn it onto what ever setting you are going to be using and add your clothes. I have figured out that each load of laundry costs appoximately $.03. Even cheaper when I use my own lard soap!Pretty decent savings and it is fun to do!


Kathryn said...

I use the same recipe or basically the same, but our whites have gotten very gray. I just bought something called White Brite and wonder if you have ever heard of it? Do you ever have the same issue and if so, what have you found that works? Besides this one issue, I love the soap! (I also have problems with ring around the collar, but the soap and a toothbrush work - unless you have an easier solution?) Thanks. Kathy

mamaof4 said...

When my whites get dingy I just put them in a smaller load with just as much soap and all hot water. So far they have come out as white as any other detergent has gotten them. I havent had any problems with ring around the collar, but I do keep a bar of laundry soap on hand for rubbing into stains. I have a washboard on my wishlist to maybe help scrub issues like this out.

Kimberly said...

Awesome! I've been making our own laundry soap for about two months now, but just using a powder. It'd be fun to try it as a liquid as well! Thanks for sharing.

Jill @ The Prairie Homestead said...

My recipe is very similiar to this one, and I just love it! It does such a good job on the clothes. Although I wish I could find Fels Naptha soap.... I had to use Ivory last time, as that is all my local stores carry... Thanks for sharing this at the HOmestead Barn Hop!

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Justin Boshell said...

Ive made my own dry laundry soap it works very well with my hubbys work clothes kids stained clothes it actually last longer than I thought does take much per load cost barely 10 to make but it last me just a lil over a month there are 6 ppl in my house