Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Are you ready to make your own laundry soap?  
It's pretty fast, very easy and boy-oh-boy are you going to save TONS of money!!!!  Try $150+ in savings for a family of four.  
This will make SIX 4 gallon batches.
Here's what you need for ONE YEAR+ which costs $13....for ONE YEAR!!!!!
I knew you were ready!
** BTW this process took about 15 minutes **

To start your 1st batch you will need:
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 bar Zote soap. 
1 gallon of boiling water in one pot
2 gallons of boiling water in another pot
1 gallon cold water set aside for later
1 5 gallon plastic bucket
Boil the water in both pots.
While you are waiting for them to boil you will grate 1 bar of ZOTE soap.
Or have your 6 year old grate the soap since you HATE grating anything!

Add soap to the pot with 1 gallon of water.  
 Stir it until soap is melted.
Or have your darling daughter stir it cause she's the best at standing there stirring♥
It will get clumpy but keep stirring and it will turn into pink soup in no time!

Next you are going to add:
1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax
Beware - it will foam.  
I should have used a bigger pot (but my stove top got very clean!)
 Stir until completely dissolved.  
About 5 min. or so.
Remove from heat.
This is what it will look like with all three ingredients cooked together.
Get your 5 gallon bucket ready.
Pour the pot filled with 2 gallons hot water into the bucket.
In my case I had my big-strong-man pour the water cause I'm a little wimpy in that department. 
Then pour the pot filled with your pink soup/soap into the bucket.
If you spill a little - it's OK you will just have very clean floors in the end. 

Stir these together then add 1 gallon of cold water.

Stir some more until completely mixed together. Put the lid on tight and let it sit overnight.  Make sure you give it it a stir right before you go to bed and again when you wake up.  This will give it a nice consistency and will break up any lumps.  I used my big spatula and it worked great.  My girls used their hands.  I say whatever works for you.

And that my bloggity friends is 4 gallons of laundry soap.  Pour some into your old Tide jug that you were paying over $.25 cents a load for and enjoy.  You can add 1-2 oz of essential oils to the liquid of you want but the soap smells clean and fresh without it.  This soap cleans VERY well and gets your whites white and stains out great!  It also works in the new he washing machines. When you run out, you have all the supplies you need to make more.  *Laundry soap will be gel-like when it's done.

1/2 cup of laundry soap per load.
if you have a larger capacity washer or an extra dirty load, use 1 cup of soap.
The soap will not be sudsy in the washing machine. 

This equals out to be about $.016 cents a load for 1/2 cup and $.03 cents for 1 cup.  Right now I was paying $.30 cents a load using Tide.   Hello savings!  So instead of paying $18 at Costco for generic laundry soap I paid $13. for 1 years worth of laundry soap.  It will probably last more than a year since there is just 4 of us.  I'm excited to have this and am counting it as my blessing for the week.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you have made this and used it.  Would love to hear reviews.  So far everyone I know that has used it LOVES it!  Now if we can only learn how to make Downy♥

The Borax and Arm & Hammer washing soap can be found in any grocery store.
The ZOTE we found in our local Mexican grocery store. (and now walmart is carrying it!)
If you can't find ZOTE you can use Fels Naptha but I've heard that ZOTE works the best.  And I heard that the pink ZOTE works better than the white ZOTE.
Good luck♥

** update** I have been using this recipe for over a year and LOVE it!  I will never go back to expensive laundry soap again. 
I posted this on TodaysCreativeBlog - get your craft on


Erin said...

Thanks Cara, I am excited to try it out.

Let Your Hair Down said...

i am goig to give it a whirl! Thanks!

Aprilyn said...

I'm totally going to try this! I just don't know for sure if I want to make it now, or wait until after we move in August. I guess it will store fine in a 5 gallon bucket all the way from Utah to Missouri.

Oh, and I FINALLY got time to write my blessing. Life is so busy here!

Mardi said...

Thanks Cara... I am definately going to try this. It will also be great in my food storage.

Anny said...

Wow, that is amazing. With as much laundry soap as I use, I better try it, love saving money. Love the step by step pictures too, so cute.

The Riggs Family said...

Thank you, thank you for the class today Cara!! You are amazing :)

Angelique said...

hey, has anyone used it in a front loader? I have a friend who wants to know....I don't have a front loader or an HE machine....thx!

Mardi said...

I made my soap last week and have used it several times now. I LOVE IT!!!!! My clothes are getting much cleaner and my whites are whiter then they have ever been. I have a HE Frontload Washer and I put the soap in a empty Tide bottle and I just give it a good shake before I but it in the dispensor. If you don't, the gel like consistance of the soap won't wash through the dispensor. I also add a couple of drops right onto the top of the soap in the dispensor and my clothes a mild scent of whatever I put in, lavender, wild orange, etc. If you make it and use it you will love it!!! Thank you Cara for sharing this with us. You are wonderful!

Rebekah Greiman said...

Thanks! I can't wait to try this out. I have seen recipes for making your own dry soap-but the dry soap tends to stick to my darker clothing-and I gave up. I can't wait to try this!
Thanks so much for the tip & the link! Woo hoo!

MissC said...

We made ours with Fels-Naptha soap.
It works great as a stain remover.

We got all 1960s, though. We gathered rainwater and heated that on the stove.

Way to go!

Sandy said...

To mix the laundry soap instead of using a spatula I got out our drill with a paint mixer attachment and it worked great.

LittleLinden said...

This sounds like something I'd like to try. Do you know if you can use this is the new HE washers too?

Lani Terry said...

Is this safe to use on baby clothes?!