My month long challenge of slowly ridding our house of nasty chemicals began several weeks ago. My first item to replace was my face lotion. I created a Recipe for Facial Moisturizer and secondly, I wanted to replace my dishwasher detergent DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent. This last week, I shared a replacement for face wash with my Cheap, Organic Face Wash recipe.
I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.
But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.
If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus weeks to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.
I’ve seen a million recipes for laundry soap floating around the world wide web (as my mother calls it). I wanted to try one on my own, tweak it a little, test it out and compare it to what I’m already using. I also hadn’t seen an easy way to grate the soap, so I got a little crazy with my Oster blender.
I hope you enjoy my Easy Laundry Soap recipe.
With three ingredients, your store bought laundry soap can easily be replaced with a homemade version that will cost you only $.05 per load. And, you can store it in a cute jar with your own hand-written label. I think that’s pretty much a win-win.
1 Bar (5.5 oz approx.) Fels-Naptha, Zote Soap or Ivory Soap
2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says “Super Washing Soda”)
2 C Borax
Next, dump in the 2 Cups of Borax. Mix everything as much as possible with a wooden spoon.
If the pieces are large, transfer a cup at a time of the mixture back into a blender. Blend thoroughly. I have settled on using Fels-Naptha soap, which grinds down to small pieces the first time around. So, I no longer need to do this step.
Use 1/8 Cup of the mixture for normal loads and 1/4 Cup for heavily soiled clothes.
Here’s the financial breakdown of what this recipe will make per 48 loads:
Borax $3.38 for 76 oz= 9.5 Cups
A & H $3.00 for 55 oz= 6.8 Cups
Soap $1 per 48 loads
Per 48 Loads
A & H=$.90
Total=$2.57/48 loads= $.05 per load
- What you'll need to make your very own Easy Laundry Soap (this makes approx. 48 loads):
- 1 Bar (14 oz) Fels-Naptha, Zote Soap or Ivory Soap
- 2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says "Super Washing Soda")
- 2 C Borax
- Blender/Food Processor
- Cut the Soap into manageable pieces for the food processor/blender.
- Use the finest chopping blade available and grind the soap up, making the pieces as small as possible.
- Add the 2 Cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda to the grated soap.
- Next, dump in the 2 Cups of Borax.
- Mix everything as much as possible with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer the mixture into a cute jar or container.
- Use ⅛ Cup of the mixture for normal loads and ¼ Cup for heavily soiled clothes.
This Easy Laundry Soap is simple, economical and practical. Hope you enjoy!