This week I need to make Laundry Soap again. This will be my second time to make it and I have been so pleased with the first batch and the savings that I won’t be going back to buying laundry soap again. There are several factors to saving money when doing laundry. Make your own laundry soap is one part of it.
I have made soap once or twice before, using rendered fat and lye, but never laundry soap. In fact I had just grated up some of the home made soap for use in the laundry years ago, but hadn’t been too happy with it at that time.
However, almost a year ago through research and reading various homesteading/preparedness blogs/websites, I discovered several recipes for making “Home Made Laundry Soap”. I bought the materials I would need and decided to make a batch one evening when I was home alone. That way if it bombed I could throw it out and no one would be the wiser. I followed the directions and went made my first batch. It worked just like it was supposed to and I started using it for our laundry.
My DH has very sensitive skin and it didn’t bother him so I fessed up and told him what I was using and he gave me the “ewww” comment just to give me a hard time, but now when the subject is brought up he is very proud of how much we are saving and that it is one more skill, we have.
I had noticed however, in using this soap that especially now through the winter months when I couldn’t hang up my clothes out on the line as much that some of the whites were getting a bit dingy looking. I did some more research and found that adding white vinegar in place of the softner and do an extra rinse ocassionally things came out really fresh and clean.
Here is the recipe I used and some links to some other recipes and good resources I have found.
- 1 bar Fels Naptha® Soap
- 1-1/2 cups washing soda (Not baking soda)1-1/2 cups borax 20 Mule Team®
- Here is how to make your own if you can’t find it in the store.
Add Warm water in large pan half full on medium heat about 1-2 quarts water.
Add grated soap stirring for a moment until melted.
Have another pot of water on the stove heating while you are melting your grated soap.
Add the washing soda and borax. Stir to keep your mixture an even consistency.
Once it is an even consistancy, lower the heat to low medium and let the soap sit and thicken.
It will not thicken as evenly if you continue to stir.
After 20 minutes soap mixture should have a honey like consistency and be ready to mix with water.
Add the boiling water to your 5 gallon bucket.
Add soap mixture & stir well.
Add more water stirring regularly until bucket is full.
Soap will be foamy from adding all of the water, but bubbles will stir right back in.
Break up clumps that form at this time.
Leave uncovered 24 hours to cure then keep lid on tight.
This step is important. I didn’t do it this time because we have a do and I didn’t want him to accidently “taste” some of the soap out of the bucket but when I checked the soap after 24 hours it hadn’t gelled. I put it in the bathroom and took the lid off and closed the door. Then it gelled
There are some people that don’t have the room or would rather use dry laundry soap. Most of the links below also have recipes for a dry version
Here are some links for that option.
I had a friend that wanted to try the dry and since I had never made the dry I thought I would experiment. It worked great as well.
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