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Hello and Welcome! I decided to start this blog for everyone out there who has an interest, or WANTS to be interested, in living a life that is a little more sustainable. I am still learning, and invite you to follow this blog to learn along with me. I will share what I have learned as we go, and hopefully you will pitch in and share what YOU are doing to live a little more off of what you can grow and DO from home. PLEASE BELIEVE ME when I say, if I can learn how to do this on a very small backyard plot in a city, then ANYONE can do this!!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SERIES: Natural Living So Easy...DIY LAUNDRY SOAP powder

Yup.  So Easy Even I Can Do It.  Seriously.  This is super easy.  Everything I have tried during this journey of mine toward more frugal and natural living has surprised me....in a good way!  I always saw stuff like this and thought, "that crunchy-natural-hippy-type stuff sounds good and beneficial, but 'aint nobody got time for all THAT!"  I am here to encourage you to try something that you can make yourself that is so simple (you guessed it), that even I can do this in no time flat!  In fact, my kids usually get in on this recipe and ASK to help!  Here's a ridiculously easy, quick and effective DIY LAUNDRY SOAP (powder):

What you need:

  • 2 Bars of Fels-Naptha (Laundry bar soap/ You can usually find this, or an equivalent, on an end of the laundry soap isle)
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda (also in the laundry isle)
  • 1 Cup Borax
    • OPTIONAL:  Several drops of your favorite Essential Oil






STEP ONE:  Grate your soap bars (we do this directly into a large, empty industrial sized laundry soap tub, but any medium sized bucket/container/tupperware will do).  I like to grate them finely so I don't get large soap chunks in my mixture.  This is the part my kids have actually ARGUED over taking turns doing.  I make sure they know how they are helping the family by doing this AND saving us TONS of money!


STEP TWO: Add the Washing Soda and Borax. 

STEP TWO-ish: OPTIONAL: You can add 5 or more drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixture at this point.  We typically choose lavender or lemon and it really makes our clothes smell fresh!

STEP THREE: Mix together and store in an airtight container.

USE: 2 Tablespoons for an "average" to "large" size load.  Use more for larger or heavily soiled loads.

That's it!  Told 'ya-----super simple!  We have had great results with it too.  My husband gets greasy at work and this stuff has NO problem getting it all out and making the clothes smell fresh when using 2 Tablespoons per extra large load.

Is it worth it?  You decide

Here's the cost comparison:

Homemade Laundry Powder= $6.16/ 48 oz= $0.31/oz

General commercially made powder (not generic but not name brand)=$0.20/oz

>>>So that's not a "per ounce savings" at first glance.  Here's the catch:  You only need to use 2 Tablespoons for a Large load of laundry with homemade soap.  Commercial soaps have you dumping in around 1/4-1/2 cup of their chemical-laden laundry soap.  SO, if I have to use less than HALF of the amount of detergent per wash, then my savings can more than double!

Our Laundry soap savings just bought us a large box of ice cream cones to pass around tonight; which MIGHT result in more laundry to do, and more laundry soap to make.  Such is the circle of laundry-life!  Enjoy it to the fullest!

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