Wednesday, March 18

Making home made laundry soap

I've been making home made laundry soap for 3 years now and I've never looked back! It's easy to do. You will however need to find some WASHING soda NOT BAKING soda. They are completely two different things. I ordered a case of Arm and Hammer WASHING soda(12boxes) from my local grocery store because I just couldn't find any. It was $27.00 3 years ago and I still have two boxes left. Once it's done, you only need to use 1 tablespoon of home made laundry soap for regular wash and 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled loads. Another thing about it is that it won't make any suds. But don't don't worry, it's not supposed to. You will also need a box of Borax (missing from pic) and a bar of laundry soap like Zote, which I buy from the .99 cent store. I've also used Ivory and Zest which work well, but cost more.

Love those buckets!

We buy ice cream in the large buckets which saves a lot of money on it's own. When those buckets are empty, they become re-purposed for all sorts of uses, including laundry soap and laundry soap ingredient supplies.

A true blue kitchen friend

My number one tip for making home made laundry soap, is using a Salad Shooter to do all of the grating. I found mine at Goodwill for $7.99. Mine also can be used for a cake batter mixer. It's saved me a lot of time and energy to say the least! When trying to be frugal, there's no reason to do it the hard way. I'd rather spend extra time with my family. I'm always looking for free or very inexpensive gadgets to help me accomplish both frugality and time with loved ones.

I like zote because it's soft and easy to work with, I also like Ivory

If you're using a salad shooter, you may need to slice your soap to fit in it

Start feeding your salad shooter with soap and........

Start grating

I like to grate a bucket full at a time

Add ingredients to food processor

Add 2 cups of grated soap to the food processor and process on high for 10 seconds. Add 1 cup each of the Borax and the washing soda and process on high for 20 seconds.

Finished laundry soap