Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stacy's homemade laundry soap recipe

You will need:
Large pot to boil in....
Washing Soda (NOT baking soda) 1 cup
Borax 1 cup
1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha soap (found in your laundry soap isle)
1 whole bar of Ivory soap
couple drops of dish soap (optional)

1. Grate soaps with an old cheese grater.
2. Fill your pan with about 2 quarts of water and heat on medium
3. Pour grated soap into heated water and slowly cook until dissolved. Stirring occassionally.
When your grated soap has dissolved, it should look like this.

4. Pour washing soda, & borax into warm water and still heat until dissolved.

5. Fill your pan to the top with water & stir again.

 This is what your laundry soap should look like when it is finished. When it sits for a few hours, it will become a thick gel. If you want it more of a liquid, then use an old hand mixer. Works like a charm.
I only use 1/4 cup to do a large load of laundry. Also I sometimes mix in a few drops of Dawn dish soap to help with grease. The small amount will not cause suds.
This recipe is also safe to use in an HE washing machine. There is no sudsing agents. Remember suds are not what makes your clothes clean!
This is a great way to save some money. I hear people all of the time that say they do not have time to make their own. This is fast and simple! If you have time to go to the store and buy the pricy laundry soaps, then you have time to make your own. Stay tuned for Jamie's laundry soap might even like hers better than mine....


About us...

My name is Stacy. I am a wife to a really great guy, and we have 4 children. I stay at home to care of our kiddos. To be able to do that, I have had to come up with some creative ideas and learn to be a little more savvy. I can honestly say, living my savvy life has become more of an enjoyment than a chore. I love to save money and be able to raise my children myself.

My partner in crime
(aka my bestie) is Jamie. Jamie is a single mama of two great kiddos. She works full time, and recently started going to college full time, too. Jamie has taught me to be more frugal... I believe the frugal gene was inherited from her grandmother. I am thankful she passed it along to me.
We may disagree on a few things but one thing we both agree on is our love for and belief in God. We both have great ideas… we just have two different ways of getting things done. So if anything, by reading our blog, you will learn two ways to the same basic outcome… a happy home, a happy family, and a happy pocket book! How cool is that?!