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Laundry Soap

I am feeling very trendy and green right now - I just made a batch of laundry soap. While I was making it, I had some clothes in the dryer with my new dryer balls, too.

Here's a bit of an email I sent to my friend who was interested in the laundry soap thing as well:

OK, here's the recipe I found online:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha bar soap (you can use a full bar of Ivory soap too)
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup borax
Bucket that'll fit 2 gallons of liquid in it

Grate the soap and put it in a saucepan with 6 cups of water and heat it until it melts. Stir in the washing soda and borax and let it dissolve.
Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket. Add the soap mixture and stir. Add another 22 cups of water (1 gallon plus 6 cups) and let the whole thing sit for 24 hours.
You can also put 1/2-1 ounce of essential oil into it if you want it to smell more than just what the Fels Naptha smells like.

It turns out to be a watery gel that's yellowish (the Fels Naptha is yellow), and it doesn't make much suds. You use half a cup per load.

I found all the ingredients within five feet of each other in the laundry/dish soap aisle at WinCo. It turns out to be way cheaper than regular laundry soap - the recipe up there makes about 64 loads-worth, and the Tide Concentrate that I have cost like $5 or $6 and only makes 32 loads. The page I was reading said it's a cent or two per load, basically, for the homemade stuff. It took me maybe ten minutes to grate the soap and stir and pour the stuff together, too - not bad.

I'm hoping that using my own soap and dryer balls will cut down on the chemicals we have next to our skin. Cory's skin is pretty sensitive and sometimes he has problems with it itching - perhaps this will make it better.


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Jun. 8th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Laundry Soap
And, you don't even have to wash out the pan you made the soap in!
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Laundry Soap
I wish that was true - I still have to scrub it 'cause it would have made my pasta taste funny.
Jun. 8th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
let us know how it works out! laundry soap is one of the few cleaners i don't make myself...
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Do you use recipes on websites for the other cleaners you use? I'm interested in doing more with DIY cleaners.
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
find the book clean house, clean planet. it's great!

there's recipes all over the internet for stuff, but i found it overwhelming and difficult to decide which ones to try - the book made it a bit easier.
Jun. 8th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I also would like to know how the dryer balls work for you. I have wanted to get them as I am very sensitive to dryer sheets myself and yet prefer my clothes to be soft!

Jun. 8th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I just did my first load with them and they seem to work well! The balls fluff the clothes pretty well and they don't feel crunchy like clothes do if you hang them up on the line. There was a teensy bit of static, too, but it was only on the mattress pad, for some reason. Everything else was fine.
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm interested in hearing how this goes, too! I already have to use unscented, natural stuff to keep my skin from complaining, but the gentler the better!
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
I will let you know! I didn't check the bar of soap to see if it was gentle, but it was heavy duty so you're supposed to keep it out of your eyes and off your skin. That doesn't sound very gentle, but it's really watered down and you can use Ivory instead - that's pretty gentle I think. (Or maybe I'm thinking Dove.)
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