Saturday, March 16, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap

I finally did it.  I have been saying I want to for a long time, but I actually did it and I am excited.  A long time ago I was reading some different blogs and I have noticed that more and more people are making their own laundry soap.  I was curious and as I read more I noticed that people could make about 1 years worth of laundry soap for about $20.00.  My curiosity really sparked.  Jeff and I are trying to find ways to save some money and I had that thought....$20.00 for 1 years worth of laundry soap vs. the $10 - $20 every other month.  I gotta try this.  As I read some more posts, comments, and blogs I noticed that people that have kids with sensitive skin, the home made laundry soap helped a lot, not as many chemicals little to no dies.....Both of my girls have eczema.  So than I thought....hmmm can't hurt to try it.  

Every time I went to Wal-mart I would try to get the stuff for laundry soap, but it seemed that they either did not have any ingredients or they had all but 1.  Well they finally had them all.  I was excited.  Here is one of the MANY recipes.

Like I said this is one of many different recipes.  In this blog she used a small amount of Oxy Clean.  But I used the entire 3 lb box because I have a husband who is a server and 2 small active children, I can use all the help I can get to clothes clean.  

Heres all of my ingredients

The finished product

It all fit in decent sized tub
What I like about it is that it only takes 1 tablespoon per load.  2 tablespoons for extra soiled clothes.  

As I was making it I was pleasantly surprised at how good it smelled.  At first I thought it was going to smell.....Soapy you know like the extra clean soapy smell (I cannot stand that smell), but this smelt wonderful, clean, but not soapy.

As I was grating the Fels-Naptha my arm got tired.  I used a fine cheese grater.  I really wanted to do it the food processor like she did in the blog, but I have a cheapo old lousy one.  So I opted to grate it by hand.  What a shoulder work out.  It actually went quicker than I had anticipated, but it still took a little bit. I want to say for all 3 bars it only took me about 20 minutes.  But I finished it and I am excited.

Because I used the Purex Crystals I am going to try not using addition fabric softener to see how the clothes turn out.  

Now all I have to do is use up the rest of my old liquid soap (which is almost gone).

Now to cross off another one of my 2013 to try/get done projects.

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