Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Making Laundry Soap

Today is a perfect day for making laundry soap. Nothing else demanding my time....earlier I got a few windows washed, clean curtains hung and did some hand work.
Home made laundry soap is just better in a lot of ways. Its cheaper than store bought, you know what is in it, there are no fillers or "fluff" and there is something kind of satisfying about making it. I make my with my home made soap but you can buy a one of the pure soaps on the market that has no moisturizers or be like me and make your own old fashioned lye soap.
I grate two bars of home made soap very fine, I like to use soap that is at least a year old, preferably soap about 3 years old as its well cured and grates like a dream. For each bar of soap I grate, I add two cups of washing soda and two cups of borax. Mix it well, break any clumps up and store in an airtight container. For my washer which is a top loading old fashioned style, I use 1/4 cup for each load of wash. I heard you use less for those new front loading machines, but having no experience with them, I can't really say. I scent my homemade soap to be used for laundry soap with lavender or citrus scent, but not too strongly. I have super sensitive skin and prefer to have it as pure as possible.
My home made soap costs me about $10 to make 30 some bars and a box of borax is under $5 I believe and so isn't the washing soda. The laundry soap ends up being very reasonable to make.
I never have figured out the exact price but I know its cheaper than what you buy in the store and this stuff cleans really well. It's low sudsing which is nice too and if you are using gray water, this is a good choice for soap.
all the needed items for laundry soap making
grating my home made soap
two bars grated
mixing in the borax and washing soda
breaking up any clumps
even the tiny clumps should be broken up
the finished product


healinggreen said...

Nice :)
I use similar ingredients, but take it a step further and make it into a liquid soap. I wash mostly in cold water so it helps to have the soap components already dissolved, and I the ingredients go even further, I think. Either way, you are right -- it IS satisfying somehow!

Anonymous said...

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clairz said...

This is a wonderful idea for a frugal person like me--thank you for sharing your recipe.

Aunt Jenny said...

I make mine about the same way. I am loving that we finally have some nicer days and I am able to use the clothesline again!!! Homemade laundry soap and a good old clothesline just go perfect together!
Have a fun weekend!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

My grandmother made a naphtha soap this way, for laundry. I wish I knew her recipe for it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patty, I'm a new reader and I linked you on my blog. Although our lives are polar opposite with my living in a major city, much of what you share can be applied to my living, and I enjoy your blog ;o).

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