Monday, March 3, 2014

A Project a Day- Laundry Soap



Okay, I am officially over winter! I am tired of snow, cold temps, and icy roads.

I really cannot do anything about the weather, if I could it would look more like Spring. Instead,  I have been trying to work through my cabin fever. 

I decided to take on a project a day. Pinterest is great place to hang out and find ideas. The HomeAcre Blog Hop is another place to browse for ideas.

I went to a workshop recently that had a class on homemade cleaners, lots of great ideas! I am always looking for ways to save money.

I have made laundry soap in the past but decided to try a different version. I was shopping at Big Lots and seen Zote Soap in the laundry section, it was cheap so I picked up a few bars. I also added some Oxi Clean in this batch. 

Laundry Soap
1 Bar Zote Soap
1 Box Borax
1 Box Washing Soda
1 container of Oxi Cleaner


Grate the Soap (as fine as you can)
Combine all ingredients together, mix well.
I use about 1 Tablespoon in my laundry for a regular load. 
 
It was a little dusty, I think I will mix it outside next time.
It makes a large batch! I should be set for quite a while.

There are a lot of variations of  homemade laundry soap. All of them are pretty simple. I have a friend who makes liquid laundry soap, I may give that one a try, next!

If you have a homemade version of Laundry Soap you would like to share, feel free to leave a link in the comment section! 

Think Spring!



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26 comments:

  1. How funny! I've been working on the same thing! It must be this long winter! Haha!

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  2. Hi Sandra,

    I'm tired of snow and ice too! We are currently experiencing an ice storm here. I smiled huge when I saw your countdown to spring banner saying 15 more days! :) Yay!

    This recipe is very close to the one I make. It's such a money saver!

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    1. I just hope winter knows that Spring is in 15 days!! :)

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  3. I'm with you 100% on winter. This is just crazy. I have 8 of my hens free ranging in my driveway because the back gate froze into place several months ago so I can't get back there to shovel and then their solarium run collapsed under the weight of the snow.

    I have a very similar recipe for laundry detergent. Like yours, it tends to be a bit dusty, not only when you mix it, but when you use it as well. I think that's the Borax and sadly there isn't much to be done about it. I still wouldn't ever switch back to traditional detergent. The scent alone (even in unscented varieties) is killer now that I'm use to the "good stuff". Here's a link to my recipe: http://104homestead.weebly.com/1/post/2014/01/diy-laundry-detergent.html

    I don't recall the cost per load, but it's pretty darn cheap. You can knock off even more cents if you use this handy trick to make your own washing soda: http://104homestead.weebly.com/1/post/2014/01/how-to-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda.html

    Stay warm!
    Jessica @ The 104 Homestead

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    1. We have frozen gates and sheep where they don't belong, it has been crazy!! Thanks for posting your links, will check out your post :)

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  4. I've tried the homemade laundry soap but found it didn't get out my husband's work stains as well as Tide. But it's a good alternative for my laundry. :) Thanks for sharing Sandra.

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  5. I am also over winter. My mom makes me homemade laundry soap and shares with me :-)

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  6. I feel bad...I'm in Northern California and have been kicking myself for not starting my seeds sooner because it's been so warm. I use the same recipe for my detergent and did a blog post on it too...I just love it. I can't believe it doesn't get stains out of work clothes! I've gotten curry soup out of WHITE shorts with it...I just got the stain wet, sprinkled on the soap, rubbed it in, let it sit overnight, and over the next couple of washes, it came completely out....

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    1. Tara, I found your soap post! That post was the one that inspired me to make the BIG batch and add the oxy clean. Glad you stopped by. Thanks :)

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  7. That's a great project! I'm with you on the weather. Can't wait til spring!

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  8. This is something on my to do list as well. I bought a bunch of laundry soap at a closing out store, when its gone I am going to make my own! I don't know one person who isnt ready for spring!

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    1. We are seeing signs of Spring, this week :) It hit 40 degrees!!

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  9. There really are a lot of variations of laundry powder around. I use 1 bar of grated soap + 1 cup of borax + 1 cup washing soda. I never thought I would say it, but I'm ready for spring too.

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    1. Sue, I have used that "recipe" as well.
      I am surprised how big the Zote bars are. I think they equal about three of the Fels.

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  10. A very good project and spring and warmth would be nice it was -25 here last night. Hug B

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  11. I've been making this soap for a year now. So much $ saved! One problem I've noticed is that with the cold temps of winter my soap doesn't dissolve as well. We only use cold water for laundry and it's well water so it's COLD! For whites (I try to avoid buying anything white because of our hard water) and tough stains I actually "cook" them on the stove in a huge stock pot with the detergent. Works every time! What is working for me in the cold water wash is simply dissolving the powder detergent in a jar of hot water before adding to the washer. Problem solved!

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    1. Tracy thanks so much for sharing your experience with the soap!

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  12. I love homemade laundry detergent too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. I have been using it this week, so far so good :) thanks for stopping by Heidi!

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  13. I love learning how to make things myself! Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 3 You!

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  14. Spring has been a thought for a few weeks now... I like your soap recipe... I'll give it a try.

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    1. Nancy, We are still having some cold weather...but the sun is shining a lot more, so hopefully that means Spring will arrive on time :)
      thank you for stopping by!

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