Friday, April 20, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

I'm pretty skeptical sometimes when it comes to homemade stuff. Sure, I've done my fair share of canning before (salsa, tomato sauce, strawberry jam, apple sauce) but too much more of that stuff, I scratch my head and ask, "Is it really worth all the trouble?" I mean, when it's all said and done, you've bought the ingredients, slaved away (sometimes all day) canning or making whatever it is, then you gotta store the stuff somewhere. Ugh...makes my head hurt. And try throwin' in a couple of boys in that picture...not pretty. And for some reason especially where I live--it's almost unheard of if you don't shuck a million ears of corn and stock your freezer with 5,000 bags of the frozen stuff. So I do enough to get by and then I feel like I'm not a complete loser buying canned corn come wintertime.

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.


Freshly grated 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.

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23 comments:

  1. You won't regret your decision and I find it fun to make myself...
    Dolly

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  2. I've been making it for awhile too since finding it on Pinterest but I've always read folks recommending 1-2 TBS per load. So, I use one for our clothes and almost two for towels, etc. I also use my food processor and it makes grating much much easier!! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, and the Fels Naptha smells fabulous!! I never knew it existed. I've been missing out. ;)

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    2. Interesting...is it the same recipe, I wonder? My friend only uses 1 tsp. plus she says she doesn't need to use any fabric softener 'cause it makes the clothes super soft. I guess I'll have to experiment. Never thought of using the food processor--great tip! Thanks:)

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    3. I just changed it. Thanks for pointing that out!

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    4. I use my food processor too and it makes it so much faster! I also use 1 tablespoon for my front loader, and sometimes add a little more for the kids' clothes (super dirty!). Keep in mind that Fels Naptha has sodent (sp?) in it and it is dangerous if inhaled.

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  3. This recipe looks much easier than the one I've seen where you have to boil everything and put it into a 5 gallon bucket (like I have room for that!) Did you know Fels Naptha is good at preventing poison ivy? If you've been working somewhere that you may have been exposed, shower using the soap as soon as you come inside. Btw, what local store did you find the washing soda? I've looked for it before and hadn't seen it.

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    1. I've heard of Fels Naptha being good for poison ivy...good to keep in mind with my little guys--if they're anything like me, they'll have their fair share of that! My friend Lisa gave me the box of washing soda but she said you can find it at Giant and Target. (I was having some trouble too locating it.)

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    2. Thanks! I had checked Shady & Walmart with no luck. I will check those places out. :)

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    3. Heads up for anyone wondering, I was near the target on Rt 30 so I stopped there but they didn't have the washing soda. I'll check Giant sometime.

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    4. Man alive! When you finally DO find the soda you better buy a case of it! (I think my friend got hers at Wisers in Lititz)

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    5. aHA!! I found it at the Ephrata walmart, go figure! I checked there many times in the past but gave up. NOW they have it! lol

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    6. HA! Glad you found it;)

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  4. Of course I have to "like" this post :) The powder version is much simpler, less time consuming and space saving than liquid one, too. Saves money, so you CAN go to Olive Garden ;)

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  5. I can't wait to try this! Like you, I've always been "bah humbug" about making stuff from scratch. Why reinvent the wheel when you can go down to the tire store and buy it, right? :) B-U-T....I recently made my own dishwasher soap and i LOVE it and it's so cheap!! One question though...where do you get the Fels Naptha soap bar? Is it in the laundry aisle or the regular bathroom soap aisle?

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    1. The Fels Naptha should be right in with the other laundry items. It is a great stain fighter. I've used it before with just rubbing the bar on to stains and with good results. I think dishwasher soap is next on my list:)

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  6. Where do you purchase those products?

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    1. The Fels Naptha and the Borax I found in my local grocery store in the laundry aisle. The washing soda may or may not be there. But I've been told that you can find it at Giant and/or Target. (I was given the box of soda so I can't say for sure.)

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  7. How do the measurements work with an 'HE' washer?

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    1. The measurements should be the same for an HE washer although I read that you should add the detergent to the tub rather than the dispenser. Don't have an HE washer so I'm not quite sure why that matters, that's just what I read. Good luck!

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  8. I've wanted to make my own laundro detergent, even saved a million jugs to put it in but I was afraid it would mess up my front load washer. I may try this and see what happens.

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  9. How funny, Kat! I just made this too. Only I put it what looks to be lots of extra unnecessary ingredients -- a four pound box of baking soda and a thing of Oxyclean. I've been really happy with the results, although I will say that grating all that soap (the recipe I found on Pinterest called for three bars of Fels-Naptha) by hand was a REAL bummer. I knew I'd regret getting rid of my food processor one day!

    I think I'll try this recipe next time. But I'm hoping it will be at least 9 months before I have to lug home more ingredients. That's the other benefit!
    Camille

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  10. I've been wanting to try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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