Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Nope, I am not talking about this sweet gal. I am talking about how I am feeling about myself right now. I feel like a pioneer woman! I have been thinking about making homemade laundry soap for awhile. After doing some research I found a "recipe" that I thought I would try. From what I have read, it is more economical than Tide and it last a whole lot longer and it does not harm your clothes. Either washed in warm water or cold. So for about $12, I got all my supplies gathered up.
1 4 pound box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 4 pound box of baking soda
1 3 pound 7 oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax
3 bars of Fels Naptha Soap
I bought a clear tote with a snap down lid to put my laundry soap in when I got it all mixed up. You can imagine with the ingredients that it makes quite a bit. Almost 12 pounds of stuff in it!
You grate the three bars of Fels Naptha soap up with a grater. This took awhile but the smell was wonderful. Looks just like cheese...but it would not taste like cheese. :)
Here it is all mixed together. The smell of this is fantastic! My girls came home from school and told me it smelled "clean" in the house. I washed a load of towels to see how it did. It does not suds up much at all but the research I did said that was ok. I washed a load of blue jeans next that had some grass stains on them from the kids and it took them all out! I did not have to pretreat them at all. Yippee!! You use 2 to 3 Tablespoons per load. Yes...that's correct. No wonder it lasts so long.
So, we will see. I am excited to try this experiment. My kids thought it was pretty cool that their mom made soap. I thought so to! :)