Saturday, November 21, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

I have been making my own laundry soap for almost a year now and it saves me so much money. I love not having to put laundry soap on my shopping list every month. You can also put all the ingredients in your food storage so you will not have to worry about it if times get hard.

For those of you who are scared of trying it for yourself let me show you how easy it can be!

1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax powder
1/3 bar of zote soap

In a large bowl grate 1/3 bar zote soap with a cheese grater. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir it all together. Put the mixture into a food processor to grind the zote soap and mix it all together. Put it in a storage container and you are done!
Add one Tablespoon of laundry soap to the wash!

Jo's tips:
You can get the baking soda and the borax powder at Wall mart for really good price. They might also have the zote soap there as well. I get the washing soda at Reams because Wall mart does not carry it and Reams sells a big box. I haven't seen as big of a box anywhere else. I found the zote soap at Reams as well.
There are also liquid soaps you can make, but I find the powder a lot easier and it works just as well.

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Stephanie said...

I, too, have been using homemade laundry soap this past year; but my recipe doesn't have the baking soda in it. Do you find that it makes a difference?

I've been using Ivory as the bar soap and sometimes it doesn't dissolve very well. I can see from your directions that I should run it through the food processor once I have all the ingredients mixed together.

Thanks for the post!

Jo said...

I have never made this without the baking soda so I don't know the difference without it. I think the regular baking soda might just give a little extra freshness to it, but I don't know for sure.
I use to make this with ivory soap as well, but I found the zote soap and since it was made specifically for laundry I thought I would try it. So far I have had no problems with it and I find I like it better.
I also put the soap in first turn the water on and then put the clothes in.
I hope this helps. Thanks for reading!