Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Laundry Soap

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.


Erin Despain said...

Thank you! I'm definitely going to make this.

Lisa said...

I have been researching the purex crystals some more. Apparently, they are just a smell enhancer and not really a softener. So maybe that is what is making our clothes smell amazing??
But at the same time, I didn't use any drier sheets and it came out static free!
I have also been reading that you could possibly substitute rock salt (and essential oil for a desired smell--blended together) for the crystals to have the same softening effect.
I know when I make this again (next year), I'm going to either leave them out all together or try the rock salt replacement.

Lisa said...

Oh... and this soap seems more comparable to Tide. It is a good quality cleaner--not just el cheapo stuff.