How To Make Your Own Laundry Soap

how to make your own laundry soap

How to make your own laundry soapHow to make your own laundry soap. The best laundry soap recipe that I have tried. This cheap DIY will save money, it's gentle on skin, and best of all, it's easy!

This post was adapted from a blog post that I did several years ago. This is still my favorite DIY laundry soap, and I wanted to share how to make your own laundry soap here!

I have made several variations of laundry soap. Powder, liquid, and whipped. While I liked the liquid version, I wasn’t completely comfortable having a large bucket of laundry soap on my laundry room floor. I used a lid, but it still didn’t feel completely safe since I do have small children. This is essentially the same recipe, but it is made differently! It uses the same ingredients in similar quantities, but has a very different texture!

Ingredients:
4 cups of water
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing soda

Note: I listed links to these products on Amazon, but they are also available at most Target stores, Wal-Mart and many grocery stores. Make sure to get washing soda, not baking soda, as they are different products!

Materials:
2 quart-sized mason jars
Medium-large sauce pan
Blender
Grater or food processor

Directions:
First, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha. If you have a food processor, this should be easy. If you don’t, use a hand grater. It’s really a pain, but it works. I don’t have a food processor so that is what I had to do. This is the worst part of the whole process, put on a good TV show or something else to distract you! Now, put four cups of water into a medium or large sauce pan and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, mix the Borax and Washing Soda together thoroughly. Slowly add grated soap to the pan, it should look like this:

how to make your own laundry soap

Turn the heat down to medium. Now, you are going to stir. You will be stirring for a while, so I suggest you find something else to occupy yourself. I used Pinterest on my phone. You will need to stir until the soap dissolves. Don’t skip this step, you will regret it. Don’t ask me how I know. It is not “good enough” until all of the soap is dissolved, this took about fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the dry mixture until it no longer feels grainy. This should take about five minutes. BONUS: Your house will smell really clean, and your pans will BE really clean. I use stainless steel pans and this one is sparkly now.

how to make your own laundry soap
The washing soda and Borax mixture

Next you will want to carefully pour your mixture into two mason jars. They will be about half full (or half empty, depending on how you view life :)) Add water to the jars until they are nearly full, leave about 1/2 in of space on the top. Seal the jars and shake them, and then turn them upside down. Now leave them on the counter (upside down) for about a few hours. I left mine for four hours. The mixture will separate. Sorry I don’t have a picture of that, my camera died. Open the jars VERY carefully, the top layer will be liquid and it can make a mess. Again, don’t ask me how I know. I would put a towel under the jars when you open them. Pour the contents of one jar into the blender. You may need a spoon to get the stuff at the bottom. Blend until you get a whipped consistency. It took less than a minute in my Cuisinart blender. Carefully pour back into the jar, and repeat with the other jar, You’re done! Depending on the size of your jar, it may screw directly onto your blender base.

Use 1 TBSP of laundry soap per load of laundry. It is safe for top loaders, front loaders, and YES, it is safe on cloth diapers! I have used this recipe to wash regular clothes, baby clothes, cloth diapers, sheets, towels, etc. with absolutely no problem! I have one child with sensitive skin, and it didn’t cause any irritation. This recipe will make two full jars and with only using one tablespoon per load, they should last a while! The entire recipe cost less than $2 to make. I didn’t count the entire cost of Borax or Washing soda since 1) I already had them and 2) I didn’t use all of it! I love this recipe because it is less messy than powder, but safer and less of a hassle than liquid. I have an old YouTube video of myself talking about how to make your own laundry soap, but I haven’t decided if I want to share it here or not. 🙂 Let me know if you make this and how it turns out!

Make sure to clean your blender and pan right away to avoid any big messes later! What other home products do you make yourself? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Cheap and Simple Carpet Deodorizer

cheap and simple carpet deodorizer

Cheap and Simple Carpet Deodorizer

I use a very simple trick for when carpets are smelling “off” or just need to be refreshed. Carpets can get dirty and smelly very easily, especially with children or pets running around in the house! This carpet deodorizer is completely natural and very inexpensive! You only need two ingredients and a vacuum cleaner!

You will need:

Place 2-3 cups of baking soda into a large bowl. You may need more or less, depending on how large of an area you are working on. Put 20-25 drops of essential oil in the bowl and use a fork to mash it into the baking soda and mix. Sprinkle the baking soda mixture onto the carpet and leave for about 30 minutes. If you have kids, it is best to do this AFTER they go to bed. If you do it while they are awake, they will track it everywhere. Bonus, they will smell like lavender. Once 30 minutes has passed, vacuum it up and enjoy the smell! You can use any kind of essential oil but I like lavender for house cleaning. It is also kid safe! I have also used citrus oils and they smell nice as well. If you want to deodorize without any essential oil, baking soda alone will work just fine.

You probably already have a vacuum and baking soda. For my essential oil, I like Aura Cacia oils. I have nothing against the larger companies, I just don’t care for multi-level marketing in general! I have read independent studies on essential oils, and the quality of Aura Cacia compares to the two large MLM brands. If you choose to use a large MLM brand, I believe that both Young Living and DoTerra include lavender oil in their starter kits! You can also purchase Aura Cacia lavender oil at Thrive Market or Amazon, which I linked above. For a more budget-friendly oil, try NOW essential oils on Amazon. I will do a full blog post at a later time talking about the different ways that I use essential oils in my home.

How do you use essential oils, and what is your favorite brand? Tell me about it in the comments!

Thrifty & Simple carpet deodorizer. Use this cheap and easy recipe (2 ingredients) to get your carpets smelling nice and clean!

 

 

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