A new recipe…

Thought I would share this valuable tip with all the other Mommies out there!! I use a cheese grater on the fine side for the bar of soap PS, I don’t have a food processor although I wish I did. Perhaps that’s an investment I need to make soon!

ENJOY!

Homemade Laundry Soap

Ingredients:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing SODA (NOT BAKING SODA)
1 bar of Ivory soap (you can really use whatever brand you prefer, I like Ivory for our skin allergies)
Chop up the bar of soap into cubes, put cubes into a food processor (a blender won’t work, believe me I have tried). Then you add the cup of Borax and the cup of Washing Soda and let the food processor mix it all into a fine powder. Hint, cover food processor with a damp towel as the fine powder may escape and you probably don’t want to breath this in.
Results This makes approx. 2.5 to 3 cups of detergent.

Here is the kicker! You only use 1 Tablespoon Per load! This is why it lasts so long. This detergent WILL clean the laundry, but will not make a lot of bubbles. If you have researched commercial detergents you will see they put additives to make bubbles because as consumers, we all believe that Bubbles are what cleans the laundry! In fact, the opposite is true. The bubbles leave a residue on laundry and this residue can build up making clothes get dirtier/smellier more quickly.

For diapers, or heavily dirty laundry, use 2 tablespoons.

When you make the laundry detergent, make about 10 batches and store them in a Large pretzel container from Sam’s Club (reuse and recycle). If you are interested in the cost breakdown, here goes.
Normal detergent (economy box for families at Target) is usually about $15-$20 and it may last 1-2 months.
The Box of Borax is super cheap – $ 3- $4. The ARM and Hammer Washing Soda – about $2, the bar of soap (can be anywhere, but also can be purchased at the dollar store in packs of 4-6) for very cheap… lets say $1-2. So for about $7 and tax you have the makings for at least 6 loads (more if you buy more bar soap).
The Borax has 9.5 cups in the box and the Washing Soda has 6.5 cups in a box. So, the breakdown of cost and savings is amazing. It is about $0.03/load.

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