While I was laid up in the hospital, I decided to do something I don’t do very often – watch TV. Did you know there’s a show on The Learning Channel about a mother who’s had 18 kids? Holy $#*! That woman must have a uterus made of steel. Anyways, this family does something I thought was very cool – They make their own laundry soap! And it’s actually a very easy way to save money and reduce the amount of plastic laundry detergent bottles that quickly come in and out of the house.
Look how simple the ingredients are:
1 bar of soap
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
and a big ass bucket
To make your homemade laundry soap, just grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.
Many thanks to the Family Homestead for sharing that recipe, having a step-by-step picture page just for us newbies and they also sell a laundry soap kit for gift giving or for us lazy mamas with the soap already grated. Whoo hoo!