Homemade Laundry Soap
I had a fantastic massage this morning. It was exactly what I needed! Starting my Monday with a massage invigorated me and I accomplished a whole lot this afternoon. I realized how much, when my girlfriend called and asked about my day. When I said I made a batch of laundry soap, she expressed she didn't know I made laundry soap! WHAT? HELLO? Man, I thought I told everyone! Clearly not.
As a massage therapist, I do a whole lot of laundry. I was tired of spending my moolah and recycling an absurd amount of containers every week. So for about $3, I make 10 gallons of laundry soap, about once every other month. And, it only takes about 15 minutes of my time.
First, I bought a clean 5 Gallon bucket with a lid. Then a box of Borax, another box of Washing Soda, and a couple of Fels Naptha laundry soap bars.
For each batch you need:
1 Fels Naptha Laundry Soap Bar, chopped up (I use my food processor)
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
Add the chopped laundry bar to about 4-6 cups of hot tap water. Heat on the stove, over medium-low heat, until all the chunks dissolve, stirring often. Fill the bucket half way with hot tap water and add the washing soda and Borax. Add the hot bar soap mixture and stir to dissolve. Fill the remainder of the bucket with warm water and stir. Let it sit over night. It will congeal overnight so a long utensil will be needed. (Honestly, I think it feels neat so I just roll up my sleeve and stick my arm in!)
Now the mixture is ready to use. I re-use a laundry soap container with a handle. Just mix it with equal parts of water. I like to fill the jug half way with hot water, then fill it the rest of the way with the concentrated soap. Regular washing machines need about 2/3 C. and front loaders need 1/4 C. You can also add in essential oils. I use Tea Tree oil and Lavender. About 10-15 drops for the 5 gallon bucket. Tea Tree oil has great cleansing properties and Lavender makes it smell good.
So there it is! Give it a try if you're tired of buying so much product and tired of wasting your moolah!