Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Frugal Challenge- Making Your Own Laundry Soap



I thought I would re-do this post about making your own laundry soap. I do a ton of laundry and we are all looking for ways to save on household supplies so here is how I spend very little every year on laundry soap.

One of my kids has very sensitive skin so I had to start buying the more expensive fragrance freedetergents for our laundry. And why, if they are leaving something out do you have to pay more for it? Anyway. I decided to try and make my own detergent to save money over the expensive store bought bottles. We have now been using my home-made recipe for two years and my daughter has had no problems with it and it is so inexpensive and does a great job. I figure I have spent less than $12 a year to make our laundry soap.  Below is the recipe.
1/2 grated bar of Fels Naptha or Zote laundry bar soap (Zote is only .59 at the 99cents store)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing soda (I found mine at Walmart)
1/2 cup of Borax

Mix together. And store in a cute jar or container. I keep mine in an old crock.


I use only about a half scoop. The little scoop is from a container of Oxy Clean but it is roughly two tablespoons. I may add a little more for a really dirty load. Remember, I am married to a lineman and he can get pretty dirty some days. If you are doing a cold load and you find the grated soap does not dissolve all the way just mix in a cup of hot water first and add to the load.


14 comments:

Kerin said...

I've made the home-made laundry soap before. It is a good thing to know how to do, and I keep the ingredients for it in my food storage. I have had to go back to using commercial laundry soap though. We have such hard water, and the home-made stuff didn't get the whites as white as I would have liked. Thanks for re-visiting this and helping remind us of ways to live frugally :)

Precious said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. It looks so easy!

poppilinnstudios said...

Thanks for the recipe. I do soooo much laundry, I'll have to give this a try.

Michelle said...

I would love to start making this! Thanks for the post!!

Meowlissa said...

Thanks for sharing again! I'll definitely be putting this to use :)

Dina said...

I've been using homemade laundry soap for some time now (along with my felted dryer balls) and love it. The only difference with my version is that I use equal parts borax/washing soda and I use my homemade soap...can vary the fragrance depending on what I have made up. It is truly wonderful stuff! not to mention, I personally think it cleans better and you get the added benefit of it being good for your washer especially since I only use vinegar instead of fabric softener in the washer.

Shug said...

What a wonderful idea....I usually buy my detergent at Sam's and the last time I was there to make the purchase, I could believe how much it has gone up...
this is a seriously good idea...
thanks for sharing..
shug

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Don't you just love making your own laundry detergent?! I just made a big batch this weekend! Ahhh, the smell is heavenly!

raraavis said...

In the photo w/ this post, what are the pink things in w/ the detergent ... rose petals???

Thanks for sharing your idea & "recipe" - I am off to purchase the "ingredients."

corners of my life said...

I have been looking long and hard for Pink Zote Soap with no success yet :(

Ginger Zuck said...

Very clever! Who would have thought? Also, don't forget, email me your address so I can send you a bar of my homemade soap especially for you! I am going to start using my new name on my next batch!

Kris said...

Hi Elaine,
I made my own soap too, with a very similar recipe, maybe even the same, but it made tons and tons of it. I love it.

Elizabeth said...

I have been making my laundry soap for several years and love it! I also keep a bar of felsnaptha in the laundry room it is great for pretreating stains.

Amy said...

I have tried several recipes for this. We live in the Texas panhandle and the water is awful so our clothes get dingy using homemade laundry soap and I invariably go back to Tide.

Your recipe has more of the actual soap (for cleansing, right? LOL) in it so I may give it a try and see if it works better than the others I have used with mostly washing soda and borax and much less soap.

Thanks!

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