The Reluctant Farmer and I have been saying that we wanted to make our own laundry soap for several weeks, however we had just not done it yet. Finally, after laundry had reached an ultimate high, and the amount of detergent we had on hand had reached an ultimate low, we decided to make our own laundry soap. This recipe is so simple, and fast that there is no excuse not to give it a try.
You will need:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 bar of soap
A marge mixing bowl
A cheese grater
A container for your finished product
Grate the soap into small pieces. Add the soap to the blender. Then add the washing soda to the blender, and blend until the product is in a semi-powder form. Put the borax into a large mixing bowl and then stir in the soap/washing soda mixture from the blender and you are finished!
My friend Maria adds Purex Crystals to a similar recipe for add scent, and she loves it. So, if you decide you want extra scent give that a try!
The Reluctant Farmer has played around with this recipe and in the second batch that she made, she added 1/3 cup of Oxyclean to the mixture for extra stain fighting properties.
You should use heaping tablespoon of soap per regular load of laundry, although you can use 2 tablespoons of your laundry is extra dirty or a large load.
Not only is this soap super effective, it is super cheap to make!
The boxes of Borax and washing soda run $4.00 each. The bar of soap cost me about $1.00 per bar to make. You should get 192 loads of laundry for about $8.00 and still have a few cups of Borax left over for your next batch. That equates to $0.04 per load of laundry!
I swear that my clothes feel cleaner and lighter than they do when washed in my regular detergent. On top of that, saving money makes my wallet feel lighter too!
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