Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY Laundry Soap

I know, I know. Jumping on the DIY laundry soap wagon. It's crazy.

So crazy that, my mother asked if I had joined a hippie commune.  

Sorry Mom! Just couldn't get past the amount of money it would cost, and how big a batch it would make! With two little boys, I knew I had to try it!

I found the "recipe" at How Does She.

Money wise How Does She was spot on, it cost about $28 to make the batch. BUT it fills a 5 gallon bucket up halfway, and if you do the math it works out to be only 9 CENTS a load! 

Now, there are lots of comments over on the How Does She post about it dissolves great. I used to throw my clothes in the wash, fill it up and then add my soap. Now I just do it backwards, add my soap, start to fill and add clothes. I haven't had a problem.

I've been tempted to make this into a liquid detergent too, as I have heard through the grapevine from a plumber you shouldn't use powdered detergent. All I was going to do is take 6 cups of the powder to 4 cups water ( I found this ratio online, and haven't tried it. But that's where I was going to start)

So far I am liking it, I like the smell and the cost. 
Plus hubby has sensitive skin and hasn't had an issue yet!

If you are thinking about making your own laundry soap, I found all of my ingredients at Kmart except the Washing Soda. I found the Washing Soda in my local grocery store ( Price Chopper), all in the detergent aisle.

Have you ever DIY'ed Laundry Soap?

1 comment:

  1. The plumber said only a liquid will stay a liquid in your pipes. Even though powdered soaps and bath salts and such dissolve, the residue it leaves in your pipes can be very damaging. So taking this recipe and making it a liquid won't really matter. Bath oils are also a no no. And if you can't eat it don't flush it!


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