Have you ever seen something on the internet or Pinterest and thought to yourself
Oh Man! I have got to try that?
A friend shared a liquid laundry soap recipe on facebook and I knew I had to try it! I consider myself to be fairly
cheep frugal when it comes to laundry detergent in fact I have been using a stock pile of liquid detergent that I picked up for .75 a bottle using coupons. When our stock pile started dwindling down I knew it was time to finally DIY our own detergent. How hard could it be? People have been washing clothes for a long time after all! I read over the instructions which involved a boiling pot of water and dissolving this and that and decided to pass. So the research began and finally I settled on the following dry laundry soap recipe, using a combination of a couple different ones I found!
If you would like to try and make some yourself here is what you will need
1 Container – Oxy Clean (3lb)
1 Box – Borax (4lb 12oz)
1 Box – Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4lb or 2 – 2lb)
1 Box – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lb 7oz)
4 to 5 Bars – Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (5.5oz)
1 Bottle – Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (55oz)
1 Container – Large (I opted for a 5 gallon bucket)
Kitchen Trash Bag (optional)
Once you have everything assembled it’s time for the fun stuff … well umm it’s not so much fun as it is necessary. At any rate, it’s time to grate the
cheese err Fels-Naptha – all 5 bars!
Let’s take a closer look at what’s in my mixing bowl.
I’m still amazed at how much this stuff looked like cheese while I was grating it. It might be tempting (or maybe not) but PLEASE don’t eat it! Once you have all the grating done it’s time to get to mixing! It’s this easy – get your 5 gallon bucket, line it with a kitchen trash bag (if you like) and start adding your ingredients little by little stirring as you go. After it is all mixed it will look something like this.
This soap only takes 1 – 2 tablespoons per load. How amazing is that? I didn’t want to have to dig into the 5 gallon container for each load so I transferred some of the soap into a sealed jar and added a 2 tablespoon scoop so Matt could easily access the soap with his giant hands!
We have been using this soap for about a month now. I am over the moon with it, not only was it super affordable to make, it smells great, it’s going to last forever, and it get’s the job done! I use a full 2 tablespoons on any clothes we use for working out or yard work and have not had any residual smells lingering (thank goodness). I have fairly sensitive skin and have to be picky about my detergents but have had no reactions to this laundry soap even while working out! I’m still a little shocked that I decided to try my hand at Homemade Laundry Soap but am pretty confident in saying I have NO plans of going back to the store bought variety!
Have you ever DIY’ed your own laundry soap? Did it work out well for you? Let us know we would love to hear about it!