I posted a recipe for homemade laundry soap in November of 2013. I am always striving for improvements and I have tried many different options for ingredients so far. I still most like the Dr. Bronner’s – I posted in the past but really have a hard time finding all the the need ingredients in one place. It seems like if the store I am in carried Bronner’s they don’t carry washing soda or they have the washing soda but are missing the bar of soap. I tried ivory with my last batch because I had some on hand, and while it seems to clean the same, I just don’t like it.
One thing I have never really cared for about my soap was the consistency and appearance – but it really didn’t matter. But this weekend I was at my mom’s house and washed some fabric while I was there. I used her soap – which happened to be a batch of homemade laundry soap I made for her using Fels-Naptha for the bar of soap. I have never used this soap for my own laundry soap but the consistency of my mom’s soap was far above mine.
So to try and adjust my own supply I am trying yet another bar of laundry soap.
1 bar zote (I am using the white bar)
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup of oxiclean (an addition)
1 cup of washing soda
5 gal bucket
Grater – I like to use my food processor for speed
1.) Grate the bar of soap.
2.) Dissolve the soap in about 2 – 3 cups of water on the stove top.
3.) Pour the melted soap and water mixture into a 5 gallon bucket with lid.
4.) Add the washing soda, oxiclean and borax.
5.) Fill the bucket about 3 – 4 inches from the top of the bucket with HOT water.
6.) Stir well, cover and let sit over night.
7.) In the morning stir well to break up the gel
When you transfer your soap from the bucket to whatever receptacle you choose to use for your immediate needs (I use an over-sided mason jar with a spout, my mom uses an empty commercial container) make sure you mix well to break up the film on top and remember you should be filling half the container with water and the other half with soap. If you do it this way, you will be using the mixture as you would a regular commercial soap. If you choose to keep it in the concentrated form, you half as much soap as you would for regular commercial laundry soap.
As has always been this is a huge money saver. And using the bar of Zote instead of Dr. Bronner’s will actually save even more money since there is about a $3 discrepancy in price. I will be making two 5 gallon buckets of this stuff in the next few weeks so I know I will have more than enough laundry soap to make it through the first year of baby’s life. Each bucket will last our family at least 8 months and cost about $3 to make (you can see the price breakdown including the cost of time in this first laundry soap update). I do still purchase Dreft for the baby clothes and use that until my stock pile is gone. But I can’t actually tell you the last time I bought commercial soap for mine and my husband’s clothing. It has saved us hundreds of dollars over the past few years.