Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY: Laundry Soap

In just a few more weeks, I get to meet this little guy, and let me just say I'm counting down the days I can once again wear normal clothes. :)

So instead of a fashion post, (yeah, like I've done one of those recently) I'm going to share the DIY laundry soap I made last week.  I can not stress how easy this was to make.  Not only that, but all of the ingredients were right next to each other on the detergent aisle at Wal-Mart.  Plus, it's waaaaaaaay cheaper than buying laundry detergent!

Here are the ingredients I used.

1/2 cup of Borax 

1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 bar of Fels-Naptha 

5 gallon bucket with a lid

You'll need to use a cheese grater to grate the entire bar of Fels-Naptha.  Once it's grated, add it to about two cups of water in a pot, and melt it over the stove.  I stirred it occasionally, and I never let it come to a boil.

After the Fels-Naptha melts, dump it in the 5 gal bucket along with the 1/2c of Borax and 1/2c of Washing Soda. Fill the bucket about 2/3 full of water.  Stir it all together, and it should begin to thicken.

I use a 1/2 cup measuring cup for each load of laundry, and the detergent works perfectly!  I must say, it doesn't have a scent that sticks to the clothes.  I've thought about adding scented oil to it, but I'm fine with no scent for now.

So now I have 5 gallons of laundry detergent, and all I will need to buy when I run out is a bar of Fels-Naptha that is only a few dollars at Wal-Mart.  The Borax and Washing Soda will make several 5 gallon buckets worth.

If you're looking for an easy way to save money, I definitely recommend giving this a try!

1 comment:

  1. I have done this before and I noticed that my white clothes started to look dingy. I would recommend adding some oxyclean to each load to help.