The look on her face. Priceless.
But really...I did.
I know. What's next? Wheat germ and granola?
I was reading this blog about homemade laundry soap and how much it helped her daughter's eczema.
It got me to thinking that maybe this would help Katie.
So, I made a batch and I have been doing the laundry with it for about a week.
It cleans just great...it's all natural and it's inexpensive.
I am still waiting to see if helps Katie's skin, but I have high hopes.
So... how do you make it?
Well it's just: Ivory Soap -- the bar kind. This cost $3.50 for 10 bars. This is enough for 5 batches.
Borax -- This cost about $4.50 for a box -- this box is actually enough to make 10 batches.
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda -- LAUNDRY soda) -- this cost about $4.00 and is enough to make about 5 batches. (I had to look around for this -- and I found it at my local Harris Teeter.)
1 batch of this laundry soap will do about 80 loads of laundry -- So with just one of each of these products, you have enough raw materials to do 450 loads of laundry. For $12.00.
Seriously. That's a lot of laundry soap!
Start with the ivory soap and your food processor. Shred 2 and 1/2 bars of ivory.
I thought that this might be difficult, but it shredded up... no problem.
It kinda looks yummy, doesn't it?
Change the blade of the food processor to the chop blade.
Add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of laundry soap to the food processor.
Turn the food processor on and blend the mix for a few minutes until you have a fine powder.
Place into a container with a lid.
Use 1 Tablespoon of laundry soap per load or 2 Tablespoons per heavily soiled load.
It was super easy. And I was even able to put the parts of the food processor into the dishwasher -- except for the blades. Those needed to be washed by hand.
I'm so domestic.
editied to add: I got the question if this would work in a High Efficiency Washer -- and I don't know. But I will say that one of the qualities of soap for HE washers is that it doesn't created a lot of suds...which is also one of the features of this homemade laundry soap.