Thursday, April 3, 2014

Making Laundry Soap

Have you tried making laundry soap? What is your favorite recipe. I used one that I found online...not sure where or if it was a combo of a few recipes. Anyway, I loved making it, but for some reason, the stores around here stopped carrying the pink bars of soap and my family wasn't crazy about the others out there. It's back on the shelves! While I was making a batch, I remembered my log lost blog. Camera in hand, I documented the process for you...

First, gather your supplies. My recipe is 2 cups of Borax, 4 cups of Super Washing Soda and two pink bars of Zote (they also come in white). This is a double recipe. I also cut off a half inch chunk of the pink bar and save it in a plastic container. It works great on tough stains.

You will also need a cutting mat, knife, measuring cup, food processor and a bucket. I had a little store bought detergent left over in a plastic container, so I used that.


The food processor that I use is an attachment that came with my blender. It was a wedding present over 20 years ago that I haven't used much. I've used the blender but not the attachment. First I measured out the washing soda and borax and added it to the container. I left the left over laundry detergent in the container since it won't hurt.

Next I chop the soap bar up into about 1 inch cubes. You will notice the bars are a little sticky. They will stick to the blades of the food processor and gum everything up (trust me). To keep this from happening, put a little of the powder from the laundry bucket in with several chunks and blend in small batches. I throw an old washcloth over the food processor to keep the little dust from flying everywhere.

When you are done processing all of the soap bars and have added them to your laundry bucket you will notice that the pink chunks are larger then the white powder. When you scoop it, you don't get a very even mix.

Dump all of the powder into a second container and blend it all together in small batches until it is nice and fine. About 10 Mississippi's on blend should do it.
When using the homemade laundry soap, you don't need to use as much. Actually you don't need to use a full scoop on the store bought stuff either. If you look at the little cup that came with your store bought detergent, you will notice little lines on the side telling you how far to fill it up depending on the size of your load. I used a permanent maker to show my family how much they need to use. They will all go over the line anyway, but at least they won't be dumping two scoops per load in the washer.
Let me know if you make any...or if you have any tips.

6 comments:

  1. Good to see you back! Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thanks Terri! It is nice to be back here connecting with old friends :)

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  2. I've done this for some time now. My children have eczema and sensitive skin so we can't use store bought stuff. Who wants all those chemicals anyway, right? I stir it by hand rather than the blender and I use an old tablespoon for measuring. I do two scoops per load and my laundry smells fresh and clean but not perfumey. I love it! Even works on stinky men's socks.

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    1. Love it! I noticed that Zote had a bag of laundry flakes that I'm assuming are flakes of the bar. I wondered if they would dissolve easily. That would save time on grating the bar up. Have you seen it or tried it?

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  3. The only thing I can see wrong with this is that if it is a sudsing mixture it will ruin a front load washing machine. Just one load could seize it up and ruin the motor. That's why the instructions say to use a low suds detergent.

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  4. Also, I use a coffee measure or a metal 1/4 cup so the scoop of detergent is the right amount. Too much will also lead to buildup in your machine like it does on the bathtub.

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