Wednesday, July 21, 2010

$12-a-year laundry soap.

We made laundry soap the other day. We've been using it for about a week and a half, and so far it's working wonderfully. It was super cheap and way easy to make, is free of dyes and perfumes (I personally like the scented stuff, but we're not supposed to use it on Shep's cloth diapers), and it's safe for septic systems since it's made with all natural ingredients. It's too good of a secret to keep to oneself, so here you go:

1. Put 3 cups of water in a 2-quart sauce pan, and warm it up on medium heat.
2. Shave 1/4 of a bar of Dove soap into the water and stir occasionally until dissolved/melted.
3. Add 1/4 cup of powder Borax and stir.
4. Add 1/4 cup of washing soda or baking soda and stir for 5 minutes (will foam up).
5. Remove from heat and let cool.
6. Pour in 100-ounce jug, add water, shake, add water, shake...until full.

* You can find Borax in the laundry soap aisle at the grocery store.
** I don't know that is has to be Dove soap, although it does suds up nicely.
*** I've heard that washing soda and baking soda are similar but not the same. Does anyone else know? I used baking soda.


Stacey said...

What odd timining for this post. I have been switching over to more natural cleaners for the house. I bought a book and have all my stuff for laundry soap. I do have the washing soda but haven't used it yet. I'll let you know how it goes. I've already made kitchen/bathroom cleaner. I haven't made the switch yet on dishwash cleaner.

jessicalolene said...

How much do you use per load? I wonder if ther is any way to add a scent? I sooo love the smell of clean laundry and don't know if I want to give that part up?!!

Betsy said...

Stacey, where did you buy your washing soda? I didn't see it at the store.

Jess, I just used an old laundry soap bottle for the stuff I made, so I use the measuring cap that came on that bottle and use the same amount of detergent I used before. Also, I think you could probably add scent to it by putting in a few drops of tea tree oil (at least that's what I used for our dishwasher detergent, the peppermint scent).

All in a Day said...

I use washing soda. Dove would be a good choice...I'll have to try that. We use Fels Naptha.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so reading these comments, did you also make your own dishwasher detergent? And if so, could you share? I have tried two different store-bought cleaner that are natural, but my dishes never came out clean and it was so frustrating! I will definately be giving the laundry soap a try! Thanks!

Carrie said...

Jess, I use essential oils for the scent in mine and it turns out well. It's not as strong a smell as the store bought ones, but has a scent anyway.
I Also made dishwasher detergent and liquid hand soap yesterday. For the dishwasher detergent I use a scented castile soap, so I don't need the tea tree oil and for the hand soap I use essential oil.
And I always use Dove because I LOVE their Campaign for Real Beauty/ Self Esteem Program.

Betsy said...

I LOVE the peppermint scented castile soap for dishwasher detergent.

Kelsey said...

you all have inspired me to make my own stuff too- just a question though- where do I buy castile soap? or essential oil?

Betsy said...

Hi Kelsey! I bought my castile soap at the GNC health store in the mall, but I've since heard that Walmart is selling it now.

Carrie said...

You can buy essential oils at Sally Hansen and Bath and Body. I'm sure online somewhere as well.
And I also bought my castile soap at GNC. But I bought the citrus one. :)

Anonymous said...

check out this lazy method! LOL

Abbi said...

I love peppermint scented dishwasher detergent (made from Castile) too! It makes the whole house smell wonderful.
Baking Soda and Washing Soda are almost the same thing but not quite. I guess you can make baking soda into washing soda by heating it to a certian temperature- at least that is what I read. Washing soda made my laundry detergent gel more than the baking soda did. It is supposed to work better at getting stuff clean too. Walmart doesn't carry it (at least not here) but another grocery store does in the laundry soap aisle.

I have used all sorts of bar soap and they all seem to work fine. So whatever I get the best deal on is what I use.

Essential oils (of whatever scent you want) do work fine to add a scent. Tea Tree (melaluca- sp?) is a good addition for a disinfectent but it will add its own smell too.
That is cool that so many people are enjoying saving money and living more naturally in this way. I think it is fun.

Shannon said...

Fels Naptha is the best bar soap to use for laundry detergent. It's made for laundry. My recipe is similar to yours only it makes more. I think mine makes 2 gallons. I also don't shake mine I just stir it every now and again while I let it "cure" for 24 hours. I've been making this soap for several years now and will never go back. The Washing Soda can be hard to find but it really is not the same as baking soda. Washing soda is Sodium carbonate and baking soda is Sodium bicarbonate. You can actually find the washing soda in the pool section of stores. Just look for the technical name. I've never had to resort to that though. If you go to Arm and Hammers website they have an 800 number you can call to find the closest place to you that carries it. Look at various stores though I'm always surprised at stores that do and do not carry it.

Shannon (Kirkman) Rouillard

Free Spirit Photography said...

OK so what where can I find the recipe for the dishwasher soap?