Make Your Own Laundry Soap!
One of the best ways to save money in your home is to make your own laundry detergent! I’ve read several recipes online, and I have tinkered w/ them all a bit to make a version that suits me.
I save roughly 210.00 per year making soap this way. It doesnt take long, isn’t difficult, and really works!
1/3 bar Zote soap (I use white)
1 cup borax
1 cup WASHING soda
Melt grated Zote soap in 8 cups water on stovetop. Stir continuously, and watch that it doesnt boil over. Once melted, add borax and washing soda and continue to stir until dissolved. Add four cups hot water to your container (I use a plastic trash can w/lid) and add soap mixture. Follow this with 1 gallon plus four cups of hot water and give it a stir. Let it sit overnight and be amazed when its gelled up in the morning.
Update, 10/09: Although this is the way I made the soap for quite a while, I have now switched to making it in powder form. Its easier, faster, and just as effective, if not more.
I mix two grated bars of fels naptha soap, four cups of borax, and four cups of “Biz” pre-treater/laundry booster. Washing soda or Oxy-clean powder would also work, but I like the way biz smells, and like the idea of the enzymes also. I put it in a great big ziplock and give it a good shakin’. Each load requires 1/4 cup of soap, or a bit less for those fancy HE washers.