I'm going to be honest; I haven't been making my own laundry soap very long. BUT, it is addicting, cheap, easy, and I love making it! :)
- 1 Bar soap - Fels Naptha is the most recommended, but I could not find it at any store near me. Other recommended alternatives are Zote and Ivory, though any bar soap (even homemade) can be used. I just put the soaps I had on hand in this picture.
- 1/2 C. Borax
- 1/2 C. Washing Soda - Made by Arm and Hammer; this can be hard to find, as not many stores carry it.
- Grater or Food Processor
- Container large enough to store about 3 cups laundry powder. I used the one below:
I found everything except the Washing Soda at WalMart; for that, I had to call around untill I found a store that carries it.
Distract son. ;)
All of the following steps can also be done in a food processor.
Grate bar soap. Sounds hard, but the stuff is like butter; it was so quick!
**The Zote bar I purchased was almost four times the size of normal bar soaps (see picture above), so I only used half, and doubled the other two ingredients.**
Here's my finished grated soap (I love the color!):
Next, add the Borax and Washing Soda and mix well. I just put everything into the container I planned to use and shook it up. If you are using a food processor, you can blend it in there and then add it to your container.
It is now ready to use! For one load of laundry, you use 1 Tablespoon. If the clothes are especially dirty, use 2 Tablespoons.
*This soap doesn't create suds, so don't panick when you don't see 'em!*
Making my own laundry soap has not only been easy, but it has also been so cheap you wouldn't believe it!
Washing Soda: $2.69
Zote: $0.97 (btw-the 3-pack Ivory bars were only 87 cents!)
Total + tax = $6.62
I got about 3 Cups of powder from the batch I made for this tutorial. That was using half the Zote bar. Once I use the entire Zote bar, I'll have made about 6 cups. And there's still tons of Borax and Washing soda left!
EDIT: I need sleep! I totally did the math wrong. I came back and checked it (luckily) and realized this. Here is the corrected math; it's more than 2 cents, but still a great price!
Alright, so $6.62 divided by 6 Cups = $1.10 per Cup
That divided by 16 Tablespoons per Cup = 7 cents per load of laundry!
Please tell me I did the math right this time!
Now, wasn't that easy?
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