When I shared my Vintage Laundry Essentials, you saw the canning kettle sitting on our washing machine. I realize many of you may be making your own laundry soap, but is it easy?
A few years ago, I started making the home-made laundry soap as a test – to see if our clothes would be cleaner than with store-bought detergents. I was curious to know if it was cheaper, too.
PAM gave me the recipe my SIL was using at the time. It called for six ingredients, and it took me a while to collect everything I needed. The cost of ingredients was $20. It made a huge batch, so I used my kettle (largest pot I own) for stirring. I kept the pot in a lower cabinet and refilled an old Tide box as needed.
The recipe lasted 8 months with our family of four! It was cheaper in the long run, and our clothes seamed to be cleaner.
Eventually, I gave up the re-filling and placed the kettle on the washing machine for easier access. (The towel underneath protects the machine’s paint finish from scratching due to occasional loose granule spills.)
I tried a couple of other recipes, both with fewer ingredients. My final 3-ingredient recipe works as well as the beginning recipe of 6 ingredients, and it takes half the amount per load. That means this recipe is WAY cheaper than store-bought.
I sometimes add a container of Oxy-Clean to the batch for an extra boost. (Farm dirt can be challenging, y’all.)
The label is to remind other occasional users (like when grown kids visit) of the proper amount per load. The plastic tablespoon stays inside the kettle at all times – so handy.
I thought you might want to try my easy recipe, so here it is for you to print and share.
- 4 cups Borax
- 4 cups Washing Soda
- 4 bars Fels Naptha, grated
- Mix all ingredients in a large container, thoroughly stirring to blend.
- Add one container of Oxy-Clean if desired.
- Make double recipe for extra-large batch.
- Use 1 Tablespoon per load for high efficiency washing machines.
The brand of washing soda I buy is Arm & Hammer (about a 4-lb. box). The Fels Naptha is a large bar, which must be grated – use food processor or regular hand grater. All ingredients are located together near the regular laundry detergent at Wal-Mart Super Center, although you might find them at Fred’s, Dollar General, or other discount stores.
If you decide to use your canning kettle to hold your laundry soap, you can still use for its original purpose. Just empty the soap into a bowl temporarily. (I only can 3-4 times a year, so it hasn’t been a problem.)
Do you have a fun weekend planned? We’re due for rain – already raining, in fact. I’m heading over to visit Mom 2 today for some junkin’ time. Not exactly a rainy-day activity, but what could be more fun for any day, raining or not? 😉
Besides, I’m still on the hunt for more apple crates…. Oh, how I wish you could go with us! Don’t you love laughin’ and junkin’?
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