Saturday, July 14, 2012

How To Make Your Own Laundry Soap

I know a lot of us are looking for ways to save money. One easy way I found was to make my own soaps. Laundry soap is something I first started off with and found it to be easy to do, and lasted quite some time. When we were a family of four, it lasted an entire year! Now we are a family of five, one of which is a baby, I find I'm making it twice a year. Still, considering the ingredients cost 8.00 dollars I think that is still an incredible deal! Here is my step by step detailed instructions with pictures!

                       1)    This is what you will need.

2) these are the kitchen gadgets you will need

3) having some cute helpers doesn't hurt

4) Let the fun begin! Take a cheese grater or an apple peeler and grate (peel) down the soap bar until its into little bits.

 5) place the shavings into a pot cover with water and then cook on medium heat while stirring occasionally.

6) All the soap will melt down into liquid.

7) I buy one of these large wonderfully orange home depot buckets to keep the condensed laundry soap in. You will store it in here, but save a regular soap dispenser to use while doing laundry.

8) Take a cup of super washing soda and throw in the bucket. (gently of course)

9)1/2 a cup of Borax

10) It will look like this!

11) Put the liquid soap in with the Borax and super washing soda and mix!

12) fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot water

13) Put your soap mixture to bed for the nite. nitey nitey!

14) In the morning get your saved soap dispenser, i usually will save a water bottle and cut the top off and use that to pour the soap in.

15) Open up your bucket and stir the soap really good, put half of the mixture into your dispenser then fill the dispenser the rest of the way with hot water and shake!

You now have your very own home made laundry soap! Enjoy!
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Aunt Stacy said...

How much does it cost generally to make?

clumsymummsyin the city homestead said...

Hi Stacy! Where I shop, which is at Giant, the Borax costs about 5 dollars, The washing soda is about 2 dollars and the bar is about 1.50. The super washing soda and the borax you are only using a cup of one and a half cup of the other so unless you use it for something else, it will last until you have to make it again. I have had my borax for three years now! I have only had to purchase the bar of soap to make more of the liquid detergant. Happy Homesteading! :)

Anonymous said...

What is the bar called?? And can I get it all at walmart??

Ellieliz the Homesteading Momma said...

I am not sure about Walmart, I cant see why not? Its usually found in the laundry aisle. The bar is called " Fels Naptha". A dear friend told me that we can find bar laundry soup of the "scented" variety and I will be experimenting with that soon. You can definitly find fels naptha at Giant Food stores. Hope I helped you!

Anonymous said...

I just use a bar of soap it works too.

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