Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday's Tip

Homemade Laundry Soap

You don't even have to be crunchy to get behind this one.

I found the idea on Pinterest.  Of course.  And have been making my own for awhile now. Keeping in mind we are a family of five with one husband who sweats a lot when working out, an 11 year old who is starting to stink, 3 kids in sports pretty much year around and a 5 year old who can't keep his shirt on so he ends up with 3 hardly worn shirts per day in the hamper...I would say that one batch of this lasting almost 5 months is pretty good, don't you think?!

The cost for 4 1/2 months worth of laundry soap?  Less than $20!

So here you go.

You're welcome.

1 4 lb 12 oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz 

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle. (Grated)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean 

*I mix mine up in a big bucket with a lid that I bought at Walmart. Then I save one of the Oxy-Clean scoops to use as my laundry soap scooper.

*I use one scoop per load unless the load is really stinky and I've had no problems with the everything dissolving in the cold water temp I usually use.

*I've read that it is safe for front loaders as well since it doesn't foam up at all...but I have no first hand knowledge of that.

*You'll have to get used to there not being that perfumed scent. But your clothes ARE getting clean!