So I researched A LOT of homemade laundry soaps.
For the most part, I followed the "recipe" by
|I feel like I'm old schooling here by making our own soap.|
Baby Bunny was helping me make the soap--so cute!
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (6 lb) Container of Sun OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (Winco has a generic brand of oxy clean. We have used it before and it works great. It is WAY cheaper than the original brand.)
1 box flaked Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle at Walmart (Winco did not have this. You could also buy two bars of zote soap and grate it yourself. You would save about $0.71 but it was worth it to me to not have to grate it because I read tons of people complain about how that took forever!)
4 lb Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (I bought this at bulk from Winco. Way cheaper!)
1 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Found in the detergent aisle (So this is my tip. Add this stuff and it makes the cost of your soap go WAY up! I think when I make this again in the future I am going to try leaving this out and then just use dryer sheets and/or liquid fabric softener.)
Pour everything into a huge bucket. (This had some of our emergency kit stuff in it that I emptied out for the purpose of stirring soap.) As you can tell though, I poured things in a little at a time to create layers. Totally recommend doing this because it made stirring a lot easier!
|The label on the bottle... Keep reading, I will share it at the bottom.|
Here is the one benefit of adding the Purex crystals--reusing the bottle! The lid to the bottle has lines on the side (like normal laundry things). And here is the best part. You don't need very much soap!! Seriously 1-2 T. So I just use the lid from the crystal bottle and fill it to the smallest line. I know that sounds crazy but that is what I read on How Does She. (And there are tons of reviews/ comments of there of believers of this stuff. I figured with enough good praise I would try it out.)
|I don't own a funnel.|
So I used the leftover paper from the label I printed off.
And I was so excited to try this stuff out. (Haha... excited to do laundry--that must be a first...)
It works great! I LOVE the smell!!! Everything is so clean and refreshing.
I'm not sure how the smell would be affected without the Purex crystals. Personally, I think it would still smell great because the Zote soap is amazing! And as I was pouring things in the bucket, I loved the Zote stuff but could not really smell the crystals at all.
Several people said they had used it on baby clothes. So I figured it was worth a try.
I found stains do need to be pre-treated (like normal). Everything came out clean except for the clothes Baby Bunny exploded on. I just tossed them in. Uh, no. When there are yellow stains on his clothes, they need scrubbing beforehand!
And now for the best part. I originally saw this on the Facebook page of Sugardoodle but I can't find it on that page anymore. I just googled it and found an 8x10 print you can download at Three Little Monkeys. I figured it was a good reminder to see every time I had to use the laundry soap. I printed it off then taped it on the bottle with packing tape.