“I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to do laundry on the last day of their life?”
HE Compatible Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
Are you making your own laundry soap? Stop laughing. Ever though about it?
What if I said that it’s Eco-friendly, biodegradable, HE compatible, custom scented and only costs you pennies per load… Save the planet and your wallet with very little time and effort. No, it’s not too good to be true, silly. I’ve been making this for years now and trust me there is nothing about me that screams to the world, now that crazy lady makes her own laundry soap. I may be crazy, crazy like a money/time/Eco foot print saving fox kind of way!
When I realized that people still made their own laundry soap, I have to confess, I laughed my tushy off and totally poked fun. Silly silly girl I was. Then the strangest thing happened… the idea of homemade laundry soap kept rolling around in my brain for weeks. I knew we needed to tighten up our budget and the idea of saving so much per month doing the wash for 6 people struck a note with me. I started doing my homework.
It can’t be this simple!
The simplicity is intimidating.
I have to research everything to death before I commit to it. I thought and thought about it until my Handsome Prince started questioning me repeatedly about why I had not just made my dang soap already. Bottom line… I was scared to fail. The what if’s had a firm grasp on me and I was doing my best to talk me right out of taking a chance because I was afraid to not do it well. His advice, ” It’s freaking laundry soap, you’ll be OK honey.” It’s just laundry soap not brokering peace treaties or performing surgery.So what if I mess it up? Try it again. Since my potential foible would only cost less than the price of a movie ticket, I decided it was just fine to do something less than perfectly as long as I enjoyed doing it. With that, I took the freaky leap into DIY laundry soap and I’d Not go back for anything in the world! We love it!
Grab a sassy apron and let’s get to saving the world, your budget and give your laundry your own flair!
What you need:
1 Box of Mule Team Borax $4.29 http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/store-locator
1 Box Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda) $2.99 or less http://www.armandhammer.com/Products/WhereToBuy.aspx
14 oz. Bar Zote Soap $1.00 http://www.zote.com.mx/english/where.htm
5 Gallon Bucket with a Lid $3.50- $12.50 depends on where you go and what you choose. My experience is about $4.75
Pot that can hold at least 6 cups
Essential oils for custom scent (Optional but Awesome!) Silky Scents http://www.silkyscents.com/essential_oils , Wellington Fragrance http://www.wellingtonfragrance.com/Essential-Oils–C35.aspx?gclid=CLfa3vvJ564CFWYZQgodD2rJYg, Puritan’s Pride http://www.puritan.com/essential-oils-679?Mcat=0&left&cm_sp=leftnav-_-aroma-_-essential_oils&cm_re=Aroma-_-LeftNav-_-essential_oils to get you started.
Soap dispensing containers ( Save the containers from your store bought laundry soap, rinse them well and recycle them for your own soap. If you don’t have any left over containers, try asking friends or family if they have an extra to spare. promising a soap sample can be a good motivator.)
Grate that lovely pink bar of Zote Soap.
Put 4 cups of tap water into your pot and set your stove to medium heat. Pour your Zote shavings into your pot and stir frequently until all soap is melted and turned into liquid. Let’s be honest here… a few little lumps here and there is to be expected so don’t drive yourself nuts trying to make it perfectly silky smooth, just press on. It all will work out flawlessly in the end, promise! This whole step will take you about 5-8 minutes.
While your soap is cooking down, fill your 5 gallon bucket 3/4 of the way full with tap water. Water temperature is not important.
In the bucket add:
1/2 C. Super Washing Soda
Stir together briefly.
The soap in your pot
Essential oils are usually added 10-15 drops per every 2 gallons. We like our laundry to smell cozy and divine so I usually add extra. Careful to pick a scent that you enjoy as it will be with you for as many months as it takes you to use 10 gallons of soap. Keep that gem in mind before you choose your desired smell.
Add more water to your bucket until your about 2 inches from the top or until you feel it’s as full as it can be for you to comfortably stir it without having to then mop the floors too. Here’s where it get’s REALLY REALLY TRICKY.
CAUTION! Pay attention! Are you ready for it?
Put your lid securely on your bucket and let it sit overnight or for about 12 hours. I make mine just before bed and poof, 1st thing in the morning my laundry soap is ready to go!
Give your soap a good mix the next day before you pour your soap into soap dispensing containers. It will appear as a thick gel before you stir… or as my son says, the slime from Ghostbusters 2. Using a funnel, fill the soap dispensing container of your choice 1/2 way full of your homemade soap. Do not worry, it will be a little lumpy. Fill your dispensing container the rest of the way with tap water. Shake before each load and use the same amount as you would of the store bought.
You’ve just made 10 gallons of HE laundry soap!
Simple Right? That wasn’t so hard. Only took less than 15 minutes of your time, costs the same amount to make 10 gallons as it does to buy the small jug of your name brand but that small amount of money lasts for MONTHS this way.
What’s stopping you?
Blaze your own trails! Cure your laundry constipation! Make Jimmy’s PE clothes smell good enough to eat!Save the Pandas! What ever your motivation, rock it, be the change and share. Those who care always share! Take some freaky leaps and join the cool kids making their own soap today!
Here’s wishing you a visit from the Laundry Fairy!
Stepping off my soap box now…
Much Love Always,
If you like the laundry soap, be sure to check our how you can save $$ by making your own Fabric Softener too!
I’m so excited I could bust!
My laundry soap was featured on the news!!
The segment is really cute. ♥
Go take a look while I do a happy dance and switch over the laundry again.