Its simple… debt-free living on a tight budget means you have to make stuff from scratch. What I didn’t realize was how MUCH I’d actually save. Its incredibly ridiculous.
Also ridiculous… how EASY it is to make. I’m not a recipe person. I know how to measure and follow recipes, but I hate them nonetheless. This was a piece of cake. Only, not one I’d ingest.
This recipe calls for three simple ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels Naptha (or just a simple bar of soap). We found all ingredients in a row, ON SALE at Fred Meyer. If I continue making this, I plan to look online and buy in bulk and on sale. 🙂 One friend mentioned the smell of Fels Naptha irritated her, so if you’re sensitive to strong scents, try buying a simple bar of Ivory soap.
Ingredients 1 bar soap OR 1/3 bar of fels naptha (a stronger soap, found on the detergent aisle) 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup borax, and water
Supplies 2 gallon bucket large pot wooden spoon (or something to stir with) cheese grater
- Grate soap into a sauce pan. You’ll want to grate it completely, not just chop it up because it will take quite a while to melt if the chunks are too big. I’d also suggest wearing rubber gloves if you are using fels naptha because it can be a little irritating on your skin if you handle it too long.
- Add 6 cups water and heat on medium until the soap melts, stirring occassionally.
- Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Pour 4 cups hot water into 2 gallon bucket, then add soap mixture.
- Add 1 gallon (16 cups) plus another 6 cups water and stir.
- Allow to sit for about 24 hours, then it’s ready to use! The consistency should be something like egg flower soup, with some thicker chunks, but mostly liquid. Use about 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
This made 8 quarts. Which equals 32 Cups of liquid. Since you use 1/2 Cup per load, that’s 64 loads for apprximately $1.30. AND its good on the environment, and septic tanks. 🙂