In my quest to live more frugally, simply and environmentally friendly, I decided to try my hand at making my own laundry soap. With as much laundry as I do, anything that’ll cut that cost down is wonderful. I used the “recipe” linked above because it really was fast and easy. Effective, well, I’d have to try it first.
I also saved more money that the article/recipe says. Since Racer stays in a LOT of hotels, he’s always bringing home the hotel shampoo, soap, lotion, etc. The lotions are great for the car, diaper bag and purse. The shampoos we use when we travel. The soaps I’ve had a harder time figuring out a use for. Not any more! Instead of using a regular bar of soap (4.5 oz), I used some soap slivers we had in the tub and shower (need a good use for those too) and added in some hotel size soaps too. I just guesstimated the amount so it looked about the same size as a regular size bar of soap.
I also used my food processor. I put the soap in first with the blade attachment and turned it on for about a minute. Then I added the Borax and Washing Powder and turned it on for another minute. I stored my double batch in mason jars.
When I washed my first load, I did use 2 tablespoons full. Since we have kids and Racer’s work clothes, I usually use the amount for “heavily soiled clothes” anyway. We get our clothes pretty dirty. So I washed and dried and the clothes came out looking no different that normal! I’ll use up this batch and probably will keep going. Since I use “hotel soap” and the little soap slivers from the shower, I feel like I’m being even more frugal. All I have to buy is the Borax and Washing Powder!
This recipe is a keeper! Try it and see what you think.