Well when my friend Lisa told me about this homemade laundry soap that she's been making for years I just smiled and nodded my head all the while thinking, "That's good for you...but do you see the two wild animals running around here? Does it look like I have time for that?" And of course I've seen people pinning homemade laundry soap on Pinterest left and right, but just didn't think it was for me. That was until I was over at Lisa's house the other night and smelled her soap. All it took was one wiff and I was sold. Sign me up! So today I made some. Exciting times! And guess what? It only took me about 15 minutes (and that was with Bryce "helping") So here we go, let me show ya how to make this amazing concoction.
First of all, it's only three ingredients: Borax laundry booster, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and a bar of Fels Naptha (the original recipe called for Ivory, but Lisa thought the Fels Naptha smelled much better). And it really does smell amazing. So how easy is that?
With an Izze by your side (and yes, that step is mandatory), cut the bar of soap into smaller chunks (if using a rotary grater, or leave as is if using a box grater.)
I used my Pampered Chef rotary grater and it did a great job. Lisa tried both a rotary and box grater, and this one worked the best.
Did you suddenly get the urge for some Olive Garden? There ya go--date night tonight.
cheese soap. April Fools next year perhaps? (that would just be wrong.)
This is how much one bar yielded.
Then you just add the Borax and A&H, mix it all up, and you're done. I tripled the original recipe and it rendered this much. All you need is one TEAspoon in a load of laundry. Can you believe that? (EDIT: should be 1-3 TBSP not tsp--just researched it on the all-wise Pinterest and found that's the correct amount. 1 TBSP for a smaller load and up to 3 TBSP for some extra large/heavy loads. Sorry 'bout that.) And check out my little teaspoon scoop--it's a Tupperware one that's magnetic so it sticks right to the top of my canning jar. That's right--I'm clever like that. (okay, fine. totally didn't realize it until after I placed it on there...)
Recipe (this is the tripled version)
1 bar of grated Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cups of Borax laundry booster
1 1/2 cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
And let me just tell ya, this stuff not only smells AMAZING, but it actually does work! Still not sure? Let me show ya some proof. This is Lisa's winter coat all nasty with ground-in dirt.
She made a paste with the detergent, rubbed it in and here are the pretty amazing afters.
Side-by-side comparison. Sweet, right?
So I guess I'm back on the homemade band wagon once again. At least when it comes to this soap. Just don't expect to see me whippin' up too much more than that. Heinz can keep his 57 varieties--that's one record I don't care to break.