Making Laundry Soap From Scratch
I decided it was time to make my own laundry detergent. I’d already had all the ingredients, and it was just a matter of telling myself this was one more thing to take off the grocery list. I’m so glad I did it! It did not take long at all, and was quite easy. I’ll probably spend more time and energy creating this post than what I put into making about a gallon and a half of laundry soap.
I used a recipe I found and modified it slightly to accommodate my 1.5 gallon container (the recipe here creates two gallons). It calls for Fels-Naptha soap, but I’d had a hard time finding it, so I substituted with an unscented-but-still-smells-great Dr. Bronner’s bar.
The ingredients are all environmentally friendly, and there’s only four of them: borax, washing soda, bar soap and water. It has to be better than buying it at Wal-mart.
With this recipe, I figure I’m spending about $.02 on a load of laundry. Yes, two cents. And if I’m hanging it on the line to dry, well that’s what I’m talking about!
As long as our clothes wind up really feeling clean (I don’t see how they wouldn’t), I’ll never spend $7 – $10 for a bottle of laundry detergent again. I think it’s worth it.