Friday, November 25, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

 I started making my own laundry soap when Joseph was born because I knew that the amount of laundry would be multiplying. Also, it is recommended to use homemade or more natural laundry soap for cloth diapers because the regular commercial kind has fragrance and makes them less absorbant. We do laundry almost every day because of Joseph and the fact that we use cloth diapers. Some of my sister-in-laws made this and used it for their kids clothes, so I thought it would be a good idea. It's really easy to make and dirt cheap. Depending on how much you pay for the raw ingredients it will be about 1 cent per load. It's no Tide, hence your clothes will not smell like anything when they are clean. We still use Shout stain remover, but we used to use really cheap detergent anyway, so it's not much different. This detergent works well enough for us, even with a half broken agitator in our washing machine. There are lots of other recipes out there too.

1/3 bar fels naptha soap grated with a cheese grater
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Heat 6 cups of water to a low simmer. Add ingredients and stir until melted and dissolved. Do not bring to a heavy boil or you will get soap in your face. Divide among two milk jugs. Fill each jug up to to the top with water. Shake the jugs before you pour them because they will separate. Use 1/2-1 cup per load, depending on the size and soil level. 


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