I’m asked on a regular basis about my homemade laundry soap–I swear by this stuff! I use it for all our laundry, and it’s just a nice easy way to save a bit of money in the grocery budget. The ingredients are all pretty easy to find, and once you stock up on your ingredients, you don’t have to worry about restocking for a quite a long time.
So I thought I’d show you how I make mine!
1/2 bar of laundry soap (found in the laundry section of your grocery store)
1 large pot full of water
1/2 cup of Borax
1/2 cup of laundry soda
- Grate half a bar of laundry soap.
2. Fill a large pot with water and add the grated soap to the water.
3. Put the pot on the stove over medium heat. You don’t need to boil this, just warm it up enough that grated soap melts into the water, then turn it off.
This is what it looks like when the soap is all melted.
4. Add your Borax and Laundry Soda.
Turn the heat off and stir! The concoction will thicken to gravy thickness immediately. Then let it cool, stirring every twenty minutes or so to begin with, then more often as it gets cooler.
You want to keep stirring so that it doesn’t turn into a solid lump. If you forget to stir it and it DOES end up in a solid lump, then you could always use an electric egg beater to mash it up again. So not the end of the world, but it’s easier if you stir often to keep the mixture fluid, even as it cools.
When it’s cool, and nicely stirred, this what it looks like!
I then add it to a jug, add some water to it, and then use it as regular laundry soap. A friend of mine uses half a cup per load. I’m heavy handed, and use closer to a full cup, but that doesn’t matter. It’s so cheap to make!
So there you have it–homemade laundry soap! If you’re keen on trying it, let me know how you like it. I’m really happy with mine!