I love DIY. Some of you may know this. The reason though is pretty simple. I’m a cheap ass. So when coming up with a DIY project I take in a lot of info and condense it down to the cheapest, easiest method. I’m a lazy DIY’er so I find the easiest way to do something. I goggled around for a while and found the easiest way. So let’s get down to making some laundry detergent.
The soap we will be making today only has three cheap ingredients. The three ingredients are a bar of Fels-Naptha, 20 Mule Team® Borax, Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda. The reason I chose this recipe, being a dry recipe over the more common liquid version, is space. The powdered version we will be making takes up a lot less space. It is concentrated and only takes one tbsp per load. After mixing all the ingredients together It took up a tiny amount of large container I bought. Being that I currently live in an apartment and don’t have ton of space for storing multiple containers of detergent. If you are an apartment dweller or tiny house denizen space is a premium.
This is super simple to make,hence why I like it. To begin with you will need to shred your bar soap. I went with Fel-Naptha though ivory or even better handcrafted soap will work. I really should have grated the soap finer but it worked out anyway.
Once your soap is grated add one cup of Borax to the soap.
Then add one cup of Washing Soda.
The directions said to mix thoroughly. I stirred it at first then just poured it into the container and shook it. This was when I saw that the grated soap was pretty big and didn’t mix well. So make sure you grate it as small as you can. Some people used their food processors for this. I had mine being used to make a mango cilantro sauce.
Washing A Load
I didn’t want to write about this till after I washed a load to evaluate it. To use this laundry soap it’s best to dissolve it in warm water first. I grabbed a pint mason jar and added my tbsp to it. I shook the jar until most the soap had dissolved. I washed my clothes and they came out clean with a pleasant smell. You can get fancy and add scents to it but I’m a man and am fine with the smell it has.
I don’t know why I ever put off this project for so long. I have been waiting till my store bought stuff ran out and being a single guy laundry soap last a long time. At about one load a week soap usually last me a year or so. This homemade stuff with the exception of having to buy more bar soap should last a very long time. The benefits to this soap are so numerous. It is much cheaper at about .5 cents per load. It does not have a toxic gick in it. I am trying to remove all the toxins possible from my life with the realization that complete removal is impossible but for something as simple as this it’s a no brainier
Do you make your own soap? Do you make powder or liquid? Let me know in the comments!
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