So you grown most of your food, raise your own meat ( or at least beginning to) You knit. You spin. You bake. You even heat your home with wood and maybe even light your house with solar. You are the all around homesteader. Well almost. What do I mean almost? Well if you are still buying you laundry detergent/Soap then you are not quite there. It's time to start making your own laundry detergent.
Here is what you will need -
- 2.5 gallons hot water
- 1 bar soap grated (Fels Naptha can be purchased for less tha a dollar a bar at Walmart)
- 3/4 cup washing soda (not baking soda but washing soda)
- 3/4 cup of borax (also in the laundry degergent isle)
- 2 Tbsp glycerin (you can leave it out if you wish but it is good for stain removal)
- You can add essential oils if you want but I like how it smells without anything.
- A pot to melt the soap in
- A wooden spoon or whatever you prefer to stir the soap with - long handled will be helpful
- A five gallon bucket with a lid - they sell them at our Walmart or some donut shops sell them or give them away
Time to get to the soap making -
Step 1 -
Grate the soap. A regular kitchen grater will work fine or I used a cheap little food chopper that I got at our local grocery store for under $5 that I use for stuff like that.
Step 2 -
Put the soap in the pot and add just enough water to cover it. Cook soap over medium heat until melted make sure and stir it constantly.
Step 3 -
Pour the hot water into the bucket and then add the melted soap, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Stir well until fully blended. Let it cool and then keep covered. Stir it before use because it will thicken.
Use 1/2 cup per large load. Some people cut this detergent by another 50 percent with water by using old laundry soap bottles and filling it half full with detergent and half full with water. Shake well before use. I cut this last batch I made and it still works remarkably well.
The last batch I made I double it when I was making it to make a full 5 gallon bucket. You want to talk about saving some serious money. The cost for making a 5 gallon bucket full is less than 4.00. Then if you cut it with water you are getting 10 gallons for 4.00.
The thing is, not just is this degergent inexpensive, it works wonderful and your clothes will be so soft and smell good when it comes out too.
After using this stuff I will never go back to the store bought stuff.
If you put it in mason jars it makes a great gift for friends and family