A little over two years ago I kept seeing all of these post all over Pinterest about homemade laundry soap. At that time I spent $15 a week on laundry soap thats $60 a month and this was before Bradley was born. So I decided to give it a try, over two years later I am still making my own laundry soap. Just like the homemade baby wipes, the first time I made it was the most expensive. I purchased two 4 gallon buckets with lids from Lowe’s just for making my soap and all the stuff to go in it.
Now if you look on Pinterest you will find a lot of different recipes and the truth is the first few times I made it I think I used a different recipe each time. Today I am going to share with you the recipe I now use. It is so simple compared to what I did the first few times and it works just as good.
Because my containers are 4 gallons I made two 2 1/2 gallon batches but this equals 10 gallons when it is poured up into the laundry bottles. I start with a bar of Fels-Naptha soap. I cut it in half and grate up each half separately. I put it in a large pot on the stove to melt the soap. I actually learned that if I start with hot water before I put my soap in it will melt much faster. Once it is all melted I stir in 3/4 cup of washing soda (not baking soda) and 3/4 cup of borax. I continue to stir it till all of it dissolves. Once it is all dissolved I pour it into my 4 gallon bucket and top it off to 2 1/2 gallons. The first time I made it Adam marked my buckets at 2 1/2 gallons so I can easily see where 2 1/2 gallons is without having to measure it out. Adam has a paint stir that I (or him if he is at home) will use to stir it up. Then I leave the lid off over night and let it cure.
The next day Adam will stir it again and then pour it up in my laundry bottles with half water half the soap mixture. When I decided I was going to try making my own laundry soap I just saved a few bottles and we pour it up in them each time. One day I’d really like some type of cute container to store it in but that will wait until I decide to decorate my laundry room.
There have been times that I have waited too long to make more soap and Adam has poured some up for me that night and I’d use it. It works just as well but its not as thick.
Another thing that I tend to do to save time is I will measure out my washing soda and my borax and put them in ziplock bags so all I have to do is pour one ziplock bag in the water with my 1/2 a bar of Fels. I bought a grater just for my soap and I have a plastic box I keep all of my stuff in between uses. I do not add any fragrance to it.