Thursday, February 17, 2011

Domestic Bliss

I went out to lunch with a friend today...and I told her I had made my own laundry soap.

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'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.

Oh my.

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.


Divine Domestication said...

I'm impressed! Once we use up all of our soap, I'm going to have to give it a try!

Erica said...

So... do you think it'd work for an he washing machine? Very interesting..

Andrea said...

Smirk. Smirk. Giggle. Giggle.

Can I borrow your food processor? Or maybe I should just get a real one!

Lauril said...

Wow Denise, my mother use to make laundry soap with lard and lye so I was so going to die if you did it that way. I will never make my mom's Lye soap but this I will. Thanks

Charlene said...

Impressive!! I need to try that out!!

Shari said...

I am quite impressed. Let me know if it has positive effects for Katie. We are looking for something for Dale's skin too.

EmmaJ said...

Andrea, you don't have a Cuisinart!? You need one. Everyone should have one.

Denise, I like this recipe you used. All the other ones I have seen have you adding water and cooking the stuff, this one seems a lot more doable. Thanks for sharing.

Lara said...

I bow in awe of your awesome domesticity!

alamama said...

need to try this too. thanks. need something for our dd's skin as well. do i sound like a robot?! ;)

Hilary said...

Hmmm.... this does sound easy, and good for you....
Can you do an update on how it cleans. I do have little boys....

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