Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Flashback: Homemade Laundry Soap

I made laundry soap this week and to do so I had to look on my own blog for the recipe. Do you use your own blog as a resource like that? Anyway, I've updated the recipe a little and took the time to make this fun picture of it in Pic Monkey. If you follow me on Facebook, I guess you already knew that! Do you make your own soap? Try it!
 Here's my original post and recipe (and super-easy instructions!) from last August. 
 Dirty Laundry
Sorry, no juicy gossip here, but I can tell you an inexpensive way to get your literal dirty laundry clean again!

I know there are precisely a million and six recipes on other blogs.
I counted.

For that reason, I'm not going to get into why this detergent is better, except to say for our family it works. 
It cleans well, smells great, is super-simple and is cheap! 
(That would be "inexpensive", right Mom?)

Before I've used Ivory bar soap from the toiletries section, Borax from the laundry section, and had to make a special stop at Ace Hardware to get the washing soda, but today at Walmart I found all of the ingredients right there!
In the laundry soap aisle! Together!

Here's the recipe:
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda.

Here's how I like to make powdered laundry detergent.

Cut the cheddar cheese Fels Naptha into chunks. (Just one bar.)

Measure 2 cups washing soda.

Toss the chunks and powder into the food processor.
Who wants to grate all that cheese by hand? Not me!

Blend until the bar soap is powdered, then add 2 cups of Borax.

Mix for another 15 seconds or so.

I made three batches. Why not? It keeps well and now I don't have to make it for a long time!

Pour the detergent into a container.
Right now I'm using an empty peanut butter bucket.
Yes, my family eats peanut butter by the bucket!

I'd like to get one of those pretty glass containers, but I'll wait until I have a pretty laundry space to put it in.

Each load of laundry requires only 2 tablespoons of powdered detergent!
Yes, that's a shot glass-mixer-deal-thingy.
Isn't that a great way to measure 2 tablespoons with one scoop?
(Thanks, mother-in-law!)

I learned on this blog that this detergent costs $.075 per load!


  1. YES! ahahaha, I totally reference my own blog for things. :) And am totally pinning this recipe, love it!!

  2. Hi Ellie, will this work in a front load machine and can it be made into a liquid???? Thanks, and I so enjoy your blog.

  3. Yep- pretty similar to mine. I used Zote this time though instead of the Fels it is Don't you love this recipe? xo Diana

  4. Does Ivory soap would work well? I've been wanting to make my own and have researched it, but I can't find fels napha or zote here. Thanks for the new tip. :)



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