Gardening in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Washington)
Homemade laundry soap
The possibility of building a new house and (hopefully) retirement not too far down the road, we find ourselves looking for ways to be more frugal. I keep reading about people who save a lot of money making their own laundry soap and recently I was reading that laundry detergents are not only full of chemicals but not really necessary at all. I'm not ready to start washing our clothes in pure water so I decided to try the homemade soap recipe. It has worked out well - clothes are fresh, clean and fragrance free. Since you only have to use a few tablespoons, it lasts a long time and costs a fraction of the name brand products.
The hardest part was finding the washing soda. No one had it in our area. I found it on E-bay and Amazon but the shipping prices were ridiculous. Finally, I was directed to www.greatcleaners.com where you can purchase it directly from Arm & Hammer for $3.99 per box and if you buy over $20 worth (6 boxes), they ship free. Now I have enough washing soda to last a long, long time.
Homemade Laundry Soap 1 bar soap (I used Ivory, I would use Nels Naptha if I could find it) 1 cup Borax 1 cup Washing Soda
Grate the soap (I used a kitchen box grater) and mix with the other ingredients. Store in an air tight container. Use 1-3 tablespoons per load (using 3 for larger loads).
You can also add essential oils to the mix if you would like some fragrance.