Thursday, January 5, 2012

Suds up! A quick Laundry Soap

We have 5 people in our family, three of which are under 6 years old and we cloth diaper. The math will add up to more laundry than I want to deal with, let alone the price of detergent. I found this recipe on another site about two years ago and it can be made two different ways. You can use it as a powder or melt it into a liquid for more savings and still have fantastically clean clothes. 1/2 bar of ivory soap (you can use a laundry soap bar, but it's what I had with no dyes.) 1/2 cup Borax 1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer brand is a yellow box) Container for dry or a 2-5 gallon bucket I spent less than $5 on all three products at Walmart. Use a food grater to grate up the bar of soap as small as you can. If making the powder just add the rest of the ingredients into a container and you're done. Use 1 tbs per load. If you want more soap for your buck make it a liquid. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to boil and add grated soap, stir until it is fully dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Fill your bucket with a gallon and 4 cups of water and add your soap mixture. Stir and let it sit a day to gel. It will be a liquid-gel. Use a 1/2 cup per load. The whole process took me less than 10 minutes to complete and I figured it out to cost about 1 cent per load using the liquid! My whites have never needed bleach either! If you want to get creative, Hobby Lobby sells sent for candles and soaps for $2 ranging from honey almond to patchouli. You can add a few drops to the whole batch. If you want to save money on fabric softener, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your load. (I bought 2 gallons at Sam's Club for around $3 dollars.) I promise it will not smell and will be equally soft to commercial brands. It's perfect for softening cloth diapers and infant clothing without adding chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin. Happy laundry day!

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  1. After wanting to for months, I'm finally trying this today! I used to use All Free&Clear with no optical brighteners on Noah's cloth diapers and laundry but I started to notice soap residue on diaper inserts and the diapers started leaking worse and worse; some of his clothes I'd have to wash twice because they still smelled like sour spit-up. For the diapers, after trying 2 methods of "stripping" them, I switched to washing them with a cup of vinager in the pre-rinse, baking soda in the wash and more vinegar in the rinse. Then I read that too much vinegar can ruin elastic and destroy the waterproof PUL lining of diaper covers. Since cutting down on the vinegar the leaky diapers have only gotten much worse. I've ordered a thirsties cover finally and 2 super absorbent pooters diapers, 1 hemp, 1 bamboo. But I need a method of laundering that won't destroy them! I also want to use the homemade soap on all of the other laundry. Maybe I will make a scented batch just for Dan. He's not too keen on the scent free like I am.