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Budget Friendly Laundry Soap

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Budget Friendly Laundry Soap

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - 6 ingredients, cost you about $28 a year, this recipe makes a batch that will last a year! Works in HE washers and with cold water too! (Recipe back by popular demand)

Ingredients -

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (we chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- or use 3-4 bottles of Scentsy Washer Whiffs. Scentsy washer whiffs are my top choice, (they smell out-of-this-world amazing – my favorite is Quiver), but when in a hurry, I opt for the Purex, (which can be found in the detergent aisle).

The hardest most time consuming part is grating the cheese soap. It looks like pink cheese…has anyone ever seen pink cheese? If you do not have a food processor you will need to use a typical hand grater. We would recommend using a large mixing bowl to grate into and using the fine side of the grater. Another option is to microwave the soap before hand. First, cut the bar into chunks or slices. Pop it into the microwave for about a minute. It will expand… a lot…but then it is dry and just crumbles into tiny bits! The hardest part is now over and all that’s left is to mix everything together. Use a very large bucket and take a layering approach to mix it easier. Take a small amount of each ingredient and layer it on top of each other, then grab a large mixing spoon and mixed it together. Do this about 5 times. This is so much easier than dumping all the ingredients in at once and then trying to do all at once. This batch makes A TON! Now for probably the best part…you only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on the size. Now here comes the stroke of genius, if you opted to put the Purex Crystals in your batch, you can scoop the detergent right into your bottle and use the cap as your measuring spoon. There are 3 lines on the side and the middle one is approximately 2 Tablespoons…genius right?


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LOSER05 10/30/2013 12:21PM

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DJ4HEALTH 10/29/2013 9:55PM

    Thanks and if you don't want the scent then you can forget the crystals and it will even save you more money. Got to try it because it is expensive to buy those other ones that don't last long or clean as good.

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FEMISLIM 10/29/2013 4:25PM


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PICKIE98 10/29/2013 4:05PM

    I make min with 1 cup 20 mule team borax, 1cup washing soda and i bar of Ivory, grated,, after freezing for a half hour,, Makes grating easier. I also use Fels Naptha for variety,It is a harder bar of soap. I use dryer balls instead of softener, but I do have a recipe for softener that is just vinegar, water and suave conditioner.

1 T washes one load, 2 T if yo have hard water or very heavily solid laundry.

Comment edited on: 10/29/2013 4:06:44 PM

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PENNYPEARLS 10/29/2013 1:42PM

    I also make one very similar to this except I use the Fels Naptha and don't use the fabric softener. I love it. emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 10/29/2013 1:40PM

    This sounds really cool. The one hang up I had, when reading the instructions and ingredients, was the grating the soap part. Anyway, after reading the comment made by A_BIT_AT_A_TIME, I've decided that if I ever try this recipe, I, too, will leave out the bar of grated soap.
Do you have any thoughts on this and why the soap might matter?

Thanks for posting this very interesting blog!

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A_NEW_CHAPTER 10/29/2013 1:21PM

    I started making something like this a few years ago. At some point I ran out and didn't have the soap on hand (have to go to a store 40 minutes away to get it) so I just made it without the grated soap and it wasn't any different. Been using it soap-free ever since. A whole lot easier emoticon

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JOYCEE23 10/29/2013 1:09PM

  thank you

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