There are two really great advantages to making your own laundry soap. The first advantage is that the stuff actually works. It gets the clothes just as clean as the leading detergents. The second advantage is the savings. The batch makes enough soap to complete 640 loads if you have a front loader that uses less soap, or 320 loads if you have a regular old machine like mine. That means based on your machine, each load of laundry is either 1 cent or 3 cents a load!!! (plus energy costs of course but I haven't found a way around that yet short of a stream and rock) The most exciting part is you do not use all of the ingredients in one batch so the next time you need to mix up a new batch you will only spend about $1 on a bar of soap! Math has never been my strong suite so I am not even going to attempt to calculate what percentage of a penny per load it will be on batch number two! So whether you are convinced or nearly curious here are my step by step instructions on my frugal find:
|Step 2: Using a cheese grater, grate your bar of Fels-Neptha. I used an electric grater but a hand held grater would work as well.|
|Step 3: Combine 4 cups of warm water and your grated soap and melt over medium low heat. Stir constantly about 10 minutes or until soap is completely dissolved.|
|Step 4: Fill half of your bucket with warm water, stir in soap mixture, fill remaining bucket with water. Stir until well mixed. Add 1 cup of the baking soda and 1/2 cup of borax. Mix. Put cover on and let it sit overnight.|
|Step 8: Clean clothes! Can you tell which shirt I washed in name brand detergent vs. the homemade stuff???... (Disclaimer: I did not use any type of stain treatment on either shirt so obviously the stain did not come out of either shirt) The winner is the shirt on the left washed in the homemade laundry soap. I was happy. Instructions adapted from I Can Teach My Child|
**** UPDATE MARCH 2014: Just ran out of my original batch of Homemade Laundry Soap. I have used it consistently for the past 2 years and have loved it! Did you catch the 2 year part!?! It has lasted that long!!! Mixed up a new batch and all I had to purchase again was the FELS-NAPTHA bar and my new batch turned out great!