It's time for another chapter in "The Many Adventures of the Homemaking Intern" series.
We do a lot of laundry. A LOT. In a family of eight though - including two very rambunctious, seemingly always muddy little boys - that's pretty much the norm. :-)
However, with the running average of about
14-21 loads of week,
buying enough laundry soap to meet that quota
can get expensive.
So, we started making our own!
Average bottle of liquid laundry soap = around $5.00 per 40 loads
One batch of homemade powdered laundry soap = around $2.00 per 40 loads
Here's how we do it:
Get all of your ingredients together
Grab your bar of soap,
and start cutting it
into small chunks.
Drop it into your food processor,
until powdered. Depending on the humidity of the store the soap was bought at, the bar might have too much moisture in it to turn into a powder - instead, it will look something like this.
If this happens, you will need to press the little soap pearls through a sieve in order to get it to powder. It's a hassle of an extra step, but will be worth it in the long run. :-)
Now, pour in your washing soda,
and your borax.
Stir until combined.
Finally, write out your label,
and you're done!!
Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine (Recipe via www.duggarfamily.com)
1 Fels-Naptha or Zote soap bar
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