Sunday, September 9, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

 I have been reading about homemade laundry soap all over the place.  So. . . I just had to make some.  Here's my recipe which is based on Jillee's from OneGoodThingByJillee. She has lots of amazing recipes, so check it out!

 I used:
  •  one box of Super Washing Soda                $2.99
  •  one box of Borax                                        $3.99
  • 2 bars of Fels Naptha soap                          $  .99 each
  • 2 jars of faux oxi clean                                $1.00 each
  • 1 bottle of Unstoppables Scent Crystals     $6.99
So, basically $18 for the works.  It made a LOT of soap.

I used the grinder attachment of my food processor to shred the Fels Naptha soap.  It looked like shredded cheese!  There are a few pieces on the counter next to the bowl.  Then I used the chopper attachment to cut it into smaller pieces.

NOTE- I tried to pulverize the scent crystals into smaller pieces with my food processor, but it didn't work.  I wonder if my Magic Bullet would have done better?

I mixed ALL the ingredients into a garbage bag and swooshed it around until it was well-mixed.  Then I cut off one corner so that I could control the flow as I angled it into my containers.  There were little scoops with the oxygen cleaner, so I just use it to add one scoop into my washing machine's powder dispenser. 

I do a LOT of laundry and so far (one week) I have been pleased with this recipe.  Even the nasty, stinky wrestling clothes seem to be clean.  I would like a more highly scented recipe, but those crystals are expensive and I don't love the scent.  I wonder if I could used some essential oil or something.  Hmmm. . .

Anyway, give it a try.  If nothing else, you will feel like a homemaker extraordinaire!