Friday, June 6, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap

I found a recipe for homemade laundry soap on Farmhouse Blessings blog and decided I had to try it and so I did! It is so easy to make and very cheap. All together the ingredients cost me just over 5.00--the price of a bottle of liquid laundry detergent and one batch of the homemade soap will yield just as many loads--BUT it costs so much less, because the ingredients with the exception of the bar of soap will last for many more batches. This soap also cleans great and smells so good.

All you need are these 3 simple ingredients and some water. The bar of soap looks pretty much like cheddar cheese when it's grated up.

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

16 cups water
1 bar of soap (your choice but many sources suggest Ivory, Fels-Naptha, Sunlight Bar, Castile or Zote)
1 cup of baking soda or washing soda (I use the washing soda)
1 1/2 cups borax

Before beginning, finely grate your bar of soap.

Boil the 16 cups of water in a large pot. While boiling, add your grated soap and whisk continuously until it completely dissolves. Remove from heat.

Next add borax and baking or washing soda. Whisk it up really well. Continue to whisk throughout the day as it cools. It will begin to gel as it cools, but you don't need to wait to use it.

You may store in old commercial detergent containers or any other covered container as well.

Use ½ cup soap per load.

You can also add 1/4 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener..

I found all of the ingredients on the laundry aisle at my local grocery store.

This is what the soap will look like as it cools and when it's finished. It resembles a nice soft hand cream almost. The lemony color is from the soap that I used, so yours may look a bit different depending on what soap you choose to use.

Here it is all ready to use in it's nice glass container. Due to it's consistency it was too much trouble trying to put it into a regualar detergent bottle--even after I cut out the spout thing, so I opted for this glass jar I had picked up a the thrift store a couple of weeks ago for 2.00. Now I'm on the hunt for a pretty little teacup to use as my scoop instead of a plastic measuring cup, which works just great, but not so pretty and we all know if the laundry room is pretty it'll make doing the laundry more enjoyable--well as enjoyable as laundry can be.

I'd also love to hear comments from anyone who tries this, so please feel free to post them here.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

That is so much prettier to work with than plastic detergent jugs. This is going on my list of things to try. Thanks. :-) Rosie

Shelley said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am trying to find more ways to save money these days,and this could be something I may give a try. Yours looks so pretty in your lovely jar....


Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I just love the soap!!!! I think I've made about 3 or 4 batches now. One thing I did notice, though, was shock at my first loads of wash that I did. I looked in the washing machine during the wash cycle, and OH MY!!!!! The water was just pure mud looking. So I decided I would rewash the load again. This time, it was better. It was like that with each load of wash I did that had it's first shot of this soap. My tee shirts, underwear, etc., are now back to bright and new looking. I hadn't realized how "dingy" things were getting.

So be sure to give it a chance to do it's thing!!!!!

And I love your jar idea!!!!!


Farmhouse Primitives said...

Cathy, I too am going to give this a shot.......and I have several of these jars just needing some reason for use. Thank you for posting the finished result as I wondered what it would finish up looking like. Now to find the ingredients. HAPPY WASHING!!

Cathy said...

I loved this post. I am definitely going to have to try making some of this wonderful soap.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message on my Pink Porch.


Meg said...

If this is indicative of how pretty your laundry room is, I can only imagine how lovely your home is! Wow, I'm amazed.

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing this Cathy! I cant wait to get to the store to buy the ingredients to make some of my own.I will also be off to the Goodwill to find me a pretty jar and cup!I can remember my mother-in-law using the fels naptha soap to wash down the old time wallpaper which made it so clean!

Jean said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will try this! I make other homemade cleaners as well....let me know if you want the recipes!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

I'm so glad that you have enjoyed making your own soap. I just love how you have added such beauty to the process with your pretty container and teacup scoop idea.

I found an old tin scoop at the the thrift and I hung it on the wall under my antique wash board. I love adding beauty to everything too. Makes even the dullest chores a pleasure.


Hazel said...

Just found my way to your site ,I love it . Does the recipe for laundry soap work just as well in cold water ?Thank you sooo much I enjoyed my visit and will return .
Hazel in Canada

Terry and Jackie said...

I'm on my third batch of soap. I use the same recipe. It works like magic...I just love it!! I have a bar of Fels for my next far I've only used Sunlight Laundry Bar Soap because that is all I can find here. I find mine separates on sitting and I have to give it a good mix before each use. I always start by mixing it with hot water to dissolve it and then I switch to cold and have had no problems.
Jackie at The Red Door

Stephanie said...

WOW! That is so cool , I will have to try that out soon!

Trudy Honeycutt ~ Folk Artist said...

How cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing this grand idea!! I'll be picking up the needed ingredients and giving it a try...and hope to find a cool jar and a teacup, too!! Hugs, Trudy

Katherine said...

I finally got around to making up a batch of this, and so far I really like it! I used Zote soap, so it'a a pretty pink color. At first it didn't seem to be thickening up, so I used an imersion/stick blender to whip it, and it was perfect. (This is an extra blender I picked up at a thrift store because it was so cheap-not one I'll use for cooking now!)Now I just need to find a pretty was to store it. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog!

Cookie said...

I was over here reading your recipe this morning - thinking how interesting it would be to try, all the while wondering if I have time to make this? (I work full time).
I left here with thoughts still circling, proceeded to MSO Sharon's blog and guess what she is talking about ? yup... making soap!
So now, my curiousity is peaked! I'll give it a go and let you know what I think :)

thanks buddy ♥

luvtcfox said...

I am a mother of 5. I love this recipe! (or at least one very close to it)
Just a tip - you can also make a DRY version - chop by hand then grind the soap in the food processor. Blend the powder with the other dry ingredients (3/4 cup of each) - put in a jar and use 1 tbsp per wash load.
You may prefer the wet soap for cold water washes and dry powder for warm or hot loads. Just pennies a load.