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.