1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Homemade Laundry Soap

With a family of 5 and a big dog we produced a lot of dirty laundry weekly. Last fall a friend of mine from work introduced me to the making your own laundry soap. We loved it! We have a high efficiency front loader washing machine and it works well with this type of washer. The laundry soap costs about $9 to make when buying the ingredients at Walmart. You use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry- this recipe yields about 3.5 months worth of laundry soap depending on how many loads you do.

1 Box of Borax Detergent Booster
1 Box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 Bars of Fels-Naptha
3 Bars of Ivory soap (optional but adds a nice scent)
Cheese grater
Large plastic bowl with cover
In your large bowl pour the box of Borax and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda.
Mix together.
Using a cheese grater- grate the bars of Fels-Naptha.
Pour grated Fels-Naptha on top of the Borax and Super Washing Soda mixture.
Using the cheese grater- grate the 3 bars of Ivory soap. The ivory is a lot softer than the Fels-Naptha and will take less time to grate all 3.
Pour the grated Ivory soap into the bowl with the rest of the soaps. You can mix all the soaps together either by placing the cover tightly on the bowl and shaking it around or by mixing with your hands.
I store our laundry soap on top of the washing machine with the cover on. I would recommend storing it up higher if you have young children since the Fels-Naptha and Ivory grates do resemble grated cheese. I keep a 2 tablespoon coffee scoop in our bowl also. Remember 2 Tablespoons for each load of laundry.
Dandelion after a spring rain shower.

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