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Homemade Laundry Soap

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I have actually been making powdered laundry soap for about 6-9 months now; I definitely say that it rates as a repeat activity.

I started making my own laundry soap for a couple of reasons: I like the idea of a lower cost alternative, I wanted to be more of a do it myself mom & the “natural” soap is a bonus

when I first looked into this idea I was inspired by the Duggar’s and all of their frugal ways to raise a family. The recipe I use comes from their family resources section.

1   Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1  Cup Borax

Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered.
Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon.
For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons.
Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

The Fels-Naptha and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda in my experience are not always easy to find.  I have ordered both online using the Ace Hardware website to store free shipping.

I have also heard by never tried, that if you talked with the manager at your local grocery store they might carry items on request.

I have used Colgate’s Octagon soap in the place of Fels-Natptha; it is also an all purpose laundry bar soap.  The recipe also states that you could use Ivory, Sunlight, Castile Soap or Zote bars as an alternative to the Fels-Naptha.

This recipe costs about $2 a batch and yields about 40 loads
at my local grocery store: Purex 32 loads = $4.99 and Tide 32 loads = $8.39
that makes this recipe a cost saver of about $3-6

however to get started you would have to buy more product than just one batch:

Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – 55oz = $3.99
Borax – 76oz = $4.99
Fels-Naptha = $3.00
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Let’s get domestic

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so I have been a stay at home mom since June when the big girls got out of school for the summer…

5 months later I guess it is about time I started being more domestic

full disclosure… I LOVE crafts and I daydream about the romantic idea of “living off the land”

Pinterest, crafty magazines and the internet in general is like crack for someone like me… I don’t really come up with crafty ideas on my own but I am a always the one saying mostly to myself “I can totally make that/do that” or “I wish I could make that” or “why should I buy that I can totally make that”

ok but lets be honest… many of my “I can make” that declarations are a flop.  or those grand ideas cost a $75,000 to get everything you need to make that thing you could have bought for $3 and unless you make (and need) 25,000 really awesome things the money spent was a big waste.

so I am going to start a series of “I can totally make that”… but I really want to explore a few things:

was it really that easy?

was it really worth the time & money?

and would you make it again?

Wish me luck