Sunday, September 6, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

I started making my own laundry detergent a while ago. I found this recipe and it works great. I am saving money- costs less than $10 for the ingredients. The boxes of Borax and Washing Soda make at least 5 batches (I think I am under estimating here). Only one tablespoon of this soap is needed for a regular load, 2 tablespoons for a large or extra dirty load, so a batch lasts a while. I am also lessening my carbon footprint, as I am no longer buying a plastic bottle of detergent every other week. I use it in my He machine, but I do NOT use it on my cloth diapers. I am afraid that the soap might leave a build up on the diapers.



1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap (I have found this soap in the hand soap aisle and the laundry soap aisle of the grocery store)
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda)
1/4 Cup Oxy Clean powder (optional, I don't use it)
Oil for scent (I use lavender oil, but I'm out right now)

Large spoon
Something to store final product in

Grate the soap using the holes on the grater that are this size, or close:

After grating 1/2 the bar, I stop to check on Sophie.......

                                                                 ......and to switch grating arms.

When done grating, soap will look like this:


Add rest of ingredients. It will look like this when done:

Sophie will look like this when done:

I store my final product in this:



Kirsten said...

Great idea! And what a bonus that Sophie looks even happier at the end of the detergent-making process! Would a food processor work for the soap grating, or is it best to have a dedicated soap grater? I'm lazy, see.

Oh, and my family had those Tupperware storage containers when I was growing up! I always loved the ridgy tops.

AMother'sEarth said...

Kirsten- the bar of soap is really hard and could possibly cause a food processor to explode....

Carly said...

Im going to try this. thanks for the tip.

Mama Plays Mozart said...

Wow I had no idea you could do this -thanks for the tip!