Sunday, May 17, 2009

Trying something new...

I know some of you out there are going to roll your eyes, but I had to try it! I decided, after chatting with a friend a while ago, to make my own laundry soap! I've wanted to do it for several months, but every time we'd get low, Ryan would bring home some more! (He's VERY helpful, and it was sweet of him to take this burden off of me.) But, the other day we were down to about 1/2 a bottle, so I picked up the "ingredients" I need to whip up a batch! After totalling up everything, it is costing us about $.03 per load! (Yes, I realize this is a strange thing to be excited about...) So, here are a few pictures of the process, as well as the recipe I used.
The recipe called for:
8 c. Borax
4 c. Washing Soda
4 c. Baking Soda
4 c. Fels Naptha Soap
I grated the soap, which took about 10 minutes. I was told that it goes really fast if you have a food processor. I'm just not sure I'd want to do it in one I used for food! It has a really nice citrus scent to it, but leaves no scent on your clothes. You can add 15-20 drops of essential oil to the recipe, which I hope to do soon.

This is the laundry soap all mixed up. (Yes, I know you're thinking "why is she posting about this?" I just can't help myself!)

So, here's my laundry soap, all mixed, and stored in a great little tub I picked up. It only takes 2 tablespoons per load, and it's gotten out some spots on my kids clothes that the previous detergent didn't, so overall, I'm really happy with it! (and if anyone is still reading this, well, you need to go find a hobby - maybe making your own laundry soap!)