“There’s one thing that everyone can count on–death and taxes.” Ever heard that statement before? Well, here’s a quote from me to all of you Moms out there who are also blessed by a “quiver”: There’s one thing that you can count on everyday–laundry. I can reminisce to the days when my hubby and I only had to do laundry once a week. In fact, I think I still did it only once or twice a week when our firstborn arrived. Well, there’s no way in heck I could do that now. There would be a ginormous mountain of towels, tees, undies, and various other dirtied goodies awaiting me if I waited that long. By the time we had 5, I pretty much had to do at least one load a day, often times more. I was using laundry detergent like it was going out of style! As you all know, unless you get some kind of super thrifty deal, that is one expense that can add up in your grocery bill.
Last spring I was checking my facebook page and saw that an old friend of mine (who also has a brood) posted how she loved the smell of making laundry detergent. Needless to say, I was intrigued and inquired about it. She told me she got a recipe off of the Duggar’s website (you know, the folks who really have a brood!) and swears by it. I checked it out, bought the ingredients, and tried my first batch in the beginning of June. Well, it cost me less than $2 to make, lasted around 3 months, and did a good job on our laundry. Since then, I have recommended it to other Mom friends and thought you may be interested too! So, here it is–I have been using the liquid variety personally. It doesn’t turn out looking extremely uniform and beautiful, mine is often lumpy and clumpy, but I am told that is normal!
Liquid Laundry Soap
4 cups hot water
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
Grate soap bar and add to a saucepan with water. Stir on Med-high heat until soap dissolves. Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full of hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda, and borax. Stir until dissolved. Fill bucket to top with hot water. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.
Stir and fill a used, clean laundry detergent dispenser 1/2 full of soap mixture and rest of the way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel) Use 5/8 cup per load.
Optional-add essential oil to mixture once soap has cooled for fragrance.
Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 cup grated Fels Naptha soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
Use 1 TBSP for light washing and 2 TBSP for a heavy load.
*Note that it says Arm & Hammer washing soda, not regular baking soda! I buy my ingredients at an Amish dry goods store, but I have seen some of these ingredients at Wal Mart as well.