I thought I would revisit my recent post about making your own laundry soap…because a few people have had some questions about it…and because now that I’ve made it several times..I have made a few tweaks that might be helpful to pass on. I also took some pictures. Which isn’t easy when you’re trying to stir or pour with one hand! :-)
I started out my D.I.Y. laundry soap journey with this recipe from The Rachel Berry Blog. Since that time I have read dozens of different “recipes” for the stuff…and they all contain the same basic ingredients. Borax, Washing Soda and Fels Naptha Soap.
The first recipe called for mixing it up in a 5 gallon bucket…which is OK I guess…but not all that convenient. So I looked for a recipe that made a smaller batch that I could make in one big pan on the stove. That’s when I tried this recipe at Why Not Sew? I still follow this…but with a few tweaks of my own.
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This is the Jillee’s Homemade Laundry Soap tutorial:
- Grate 1 bar Fels Naptha soap or whatever soap you like. (For those who are having issues with the detergent becoming TOO THICK…try 1/2 a bar of soap).
- Put soap in large pot and add approximately 8 cups of hot water.
- Bring to a slow boil and “cook” until the soap is dissolved.
- Then add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda.
- Bring to a boil again, then take off heat.
- At this point I use a measuring cup and a funnel to pour the soap into 2 large containers. (Mine are 1 gallon Minute Maid O.J. bottles).
- Divide the mixture evenly into the two bottles (I just eyeball it like Rachael Ray)
- Then add water to just a few inches from the top of the bottle.
- Put cap on bottle and shake!
Overnight the stuff will thicken quite a bit!Don’t be alarmed…that’s just the nature of the stuff. As I use it…sometimes I will add more water…sometimes not. I usually use about 1/2 cup per load.
When I do white loads…I almost always add some of my homemade “oxi-kleen”. :-) Which is just 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide (that stuff in the brown plastic bottle you buy in the pharmacy by the contact solution) and a 1/2 cup of washing soda. I find it works best if I let the load agitate then leave the lid open on the washer (mine’s a top loader) and let soak for awhile. I have used it on colored clothes too with success and no fading. Just not as often as whites.
So, there it is. My homemade laundry detergent revisited. Hopefully it will encourage some of you to give it a try. I think you’ll like it! :-) I am completely sold on the concept. I’m usually the one who says….”never say never”….but I can say with some certainty…I will never buy laundry soap again. (at least not on a regular basis. How’s that for leaving myself an out? lol).
Update: Don’t like grating soap? You might want to considered this post: Super Fast and Easy Homemade Laundry Soap