Making my own laundry soap has been one of the biggest money saving moves I've ever made. After seeing how long it has lasted & how well it works, I bout kick myself at how long I've gone without doing this. So for my family of 5, this recipe has lasted us for little over 6 months. I've not changed or reduced the amount of detergent I use in any way to make this supply last longer, so the savings are even more awesome. This recipe is adapted from a recipe I found online. I scoured the internet to find a powder recipe because frankly I really didn't want to deal with liquid detergent, and a dump & mix way of making the detergent is much more my style.
What you'll need: (Double click on the photos to see a close up view)
|1. Cut the bars of soap into smaller bars so they'll fit through the feeder tube of your food processor.|
If you don't have a machine, a simple cheese grater will work just fine.
|2. Grate your bars of soap. I used my grater attachment for this step.|
|The grater will produce shaved pieces.|
3. Using your blade attachment, process the soap to a finer consistency.
|This is how the soap will look like after using the blade attachment.|
The hard part is done...now on to the dumping...
|4. Dump all the ingredients into your sealable storage container. |
(An empty 3 gallon plastic icecream container would work very well, you know those tubs you buy from Sam's or Costco)
|I only had to measure out the Baking Soda because I bought a bulk package size from Sam's Club.|
|6. Clean...I only needed a damp rag to clean off my machine.|
|The machine parts went into the dishwasher.|
|The amount I use for a normal wash is a little under 1/4 cup. For a really stinky or soiled load I use a heaping spoonful.|
Let me know what y'all think.