No pie this week. We are all sick as dogs and I cannot even imagine making a pie.
But I do need to wash laundry so I figured I would write a
little post on my homemade laundry soap recipe.
I have been making laundry soap for about 8 years and it’s saved us so much money.
The ingredients are very simple and fairly easy to find these days.
1 Box of Borax
1 Box of Arm and Hammer washing soda
(not to be confused with Arm and Hammer baking soda)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha laundry soap
I grate the Naptha soap using my mixer with a grater attachment because, well, it’s easier.
But you can use a cheese grater or even a food processor.
I dump the grated soap, Borax and wash powder in a trash bag
(because I’m very classy)
and mix it until well combined.
Then put the mixed laundry soap into a gorgeous apothecary jar
with a cutely printed label
or be like me and put the trash bag in a diaper box
(because I’m classy).
Bam! Laundry soap.
This is very concentrated and I only use 2 tablespoons per load.
Although we have a massive washing machine which takes two loads at a time so I adjust accordingly.
I have seen some recipes which incorporate lavender oil into the mix for scent.
That sort of makes it less affordable so I haven’t done that but it sure sounds like a nice idea.
*Disclaimer, be careful when mixing around little ones;
the Fels-Naptha looks like grated cheese and can be dangerous if ingested.
One step closer to frugal living.