We interrupt your regularly scheduled
posts that make people cry
to bring you
Chrissy's Version of Homemade Laundry Soap!
So. There are like a million websites and blogs out there with
variations on this same stuff. Humor me. I'm proud of myself on this.
I bought some stuff:
I spent $16. I had some of it already - like the baking soda and essential oil.
Then... I did this:
Next I thought I'd go the traditional route and stick it in the food processor.
That. Did. NOT. Work.
It made a huge mess, made a loud noise, and did not reduce the soap to small crumbs.
So... I did this:
Love my Vitamix. You need one. Yes you do.
It's my all-time favorite appliance.
*Tip - adding some of the baking soda to the soap helped keep it from turning into a mushy ball and kept it all crumbly like I had hoped for!
So then I started adding it all together.
Mix, mix, mix, stir, stir, stir...
Then I added some of this...
about 1/5 of the bottle.
It's orange. It could be any scent, but I figured orange was safe for the whole family.
Then I mixed it all with a wisk, then my hands, then a spoon... just to be sure.
When I was happy with the blendedness of the whole thing...
I put it into cute jars!
Aren't they adorable?!!?
Then I took them to my new laundry area...
(Where I labeled them all cute and stuff.)
Ooohhh.... aahhhhh.... pretty!!
Two extra bottles on the left - one is plain Borax (toilets and stuff),
the other is some extra laundry detergent.
Okay... so THEN...
I ran a load of clothes with it.
I used cold water, just to be sure it dissolved well.
I put it inside the drum of the front-loading washer -
not sure how it would work in the dispenser -
I'll try that next time.
I like it!! Everything is clean, I even washed the nasty kitchen towels and they came out smelling fresh and looking clean!
and I only used like 1/4 cup of detergent for the whole load!
At that rate I estimate that this will last me about 4 months
even with the amount of laundry I do in this house!!
4 months in a house of 9 people, for $16!
1 box Borax
1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 box Color Safe Bleach additive
1 largeish tub of store-brand oxycleaner
2 bars Fels-Naptha
2 boxes baking soda
Essential Oil (optional)