Friday, March 6, 2009

laundry soap

I have recently read about homemade laundry soap on several blogs that I visit and became interested in trying it out. I then searched the internet for more information and have actually combined a couple of different recipes. I was lucky enough to find all the ingredients at Wegman's and have included the prices. The entire recipe cost $11.24 which translates to less than 4 cents per load.

Laundry Detergent Recipe

Makes about 22 cups dry powder
3 Bars Fels Naptha Soap Grated ($3.27)
1 box Borax 4lbs 12ozs ($3.39)
1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 3lbs 7ozs ($2.19)
1 box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 4 lbs ($2.39)

Grate and chop the soap with a food processor, one bar at a time.

Mix all ingredients together.

Store in a airtight container.

Lightly soiled clothes use 1 Tbls
Heavily soiled clothes 2-3 Tbls


Fels Naptha is found in the laundry section of the store.

After grating the soap it was not quite as fine as I wanted it so I then chopped it in the food processor until it was the consistency of coarse cornmeal.

When pouring and mixing ingredients there was a fair amount of soap powder in the air so you may want to do it outside.

The soap does not become sudsy in your washer.

Some bloggers say they add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften fabric and brighten whites. The vinegar clears the last bit of soap remaining on your clothes and there really was no vinegar smell left on the clothes. I still used a dryer sheet to eliminate static cling.

I shared samples of the soap with my Wine-on-Wednesday friends so will be awaiting their "market research" comments.


Girl Director said...

I was scrolling through blogs and found yours. What a great idea you've shared with us on making laundry soap. Please share with us what your friends say about it. Your packaging looks really cute.


amanda + daniel said...

I love the packaging as well, what cute fabric!

corners of my life said...

Also want to try:
StoneGable Laundry Soap

1~ 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
1~ 4 lb box of Arm And Hammer Baking Soda
1~ 3 lb 7 oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1~ 3lb container Oxy Clean
4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated
2 containers Downy Un Stopables