clean laundry and thrift.

oh, wow. pure awesome. make-it-yourself laundry soap! i’ve been meaning to try this out for awhile, and now i’m wondering why it took me so long. it’s super easy, and waaaay cheaper than the store-bought stuff. i’m sort of broke-ish right now, so i was pretty thrilled when i figured out the ratio of savings is like, seven-to-one. seriously. (i am terrible at math, so don’t hold me to that one, ok? i promise it’s cheap.)

i poked around online and found a slew of recipes out there, and based on what i read, and on the feedback left by people who tried those recipes, i’ve mashed them together to come up with this adaptation. results are good so far. my first load of laundry just came out of the dryer, and they look and smell very clean.


1/2 bar grated soap. i used dr. bronner’s almond castille, because that’s what i had on hand, but any old soap should do. some people use ivory, and a lot of people use fels-naptha, which i’d never heard of before but it sure has a pretty name. whatever you choose, grate it up with a cheese grater. you can save the other half of the bar in a baggie for next time. your cheese grater will be clean. win-win.

1 cup washing powder and 3/4 cup borax. i found them in the laundry aisle at the grocery store.

2 gallons water.

put the grated soap in a big pot and add one gallon of water. heat it up until the soap is melted. then, throw in the borax and washing powder, stir it around, and bring to a boil. add the second gallon of water (cold or cool). mix well. pour it into some sort of vessel. (i used gallon jugs.) you’re done! the soap will thicken up and turn from clear to sort of milky-looking within a day. use a half-cup per load.

ok, now go forth and be clean but not broke, people!



4 thoughts on “clean laundry and thrift.

    • most of the recipes i looked at called for bar soap, but i do think one of them mentioned liquid soap. i imagine liquid bronner’s would work, since you’re melting up the grated bars anyway. if you try it, let us know!

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