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GUEST POST: Piles and Piles of Laundry

This morning's post is by my daughter Melissa, who is quickly becoming the Queen of Frugal. You might remember her from our shared blog The Three Generation Quilt. In her continuing efforts to fight rising costs and also allergies, Melissa recently made her own laundry soap and is here to share her adventure. Please welcome her - and leave a comment if you'd like, she'd love to hear from you!

Have you ever really paid attention to the prices of Laundry Detergent? I've tried the "only use half what they say you need" trick, but it just doesn't seem to work as well you want it too. Not only are your clothes just not as clean, they are staticy (is that a word?) and the color just isn't the best. I have heard of people making their own detergent but I was hesitant. And then there is the question of allergies. I am allergic to different types of detergent and I don't feel like waking up with hives covering my body. Just isn't my best look!

Homemade Laundry Soap
2 bars grated Fels Naptha soap (or other bar soap of your choice)
4 cups Borax
4 cups washing soda (NOT baking soda)
Simply mix together and use 2 Tablespoons per load of laundry.

The problem: I live in a smaller sized town. While that means we do have a Super Wal-Mart and 2 grocery stores it does not mean that they will carry what I might need. But I was in luck and Wal-Mart had everything together in the laundry aisle.

The combination just smells great and so fresh!

I was able to use my food processor to grate the soap and it turned out great!

With this recipe I was able to fill up almost 3 jars and with only using 2 tablespoons it should last awhile! I have been using just a little more for my sheets, towels, blankets and H's work clothes and it works great! The doggy smell even came out of the doggie towels that are used for their baths.

Next time I am going to experiment just a little with the soap that I use. H wants his soap used in his and I wouldn't mind a different smelling soap to see how it works....

Thank you, Melissa! Please keep us updated on your experiments using different bar soaps, and your thoughts after you use your new laundry detergent for awhile.


1 comment

  1. Anonymous6:03 PM

    That's very interesting!

    I've heard of making your own laundry detergent, just haven't ever tried it yet.

    Thanks so much for sharing, and the Lord Jesus bless!



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