Friday, April 24, 2009


To those of you who have questions about my recipe for laundry soap. It is very mild for the skin. I have nieces and nephews who have very sensitive skin and their mother's love this stuff. It is great for those with allergies. I have not read of a single person having an allergic reaction to it and I know plenty of people who are sensitive to the name or store brand detergent. It is much easier to mix up than about anything. The soap is quicker to grate than cheese and then you just dump the other ingredients in and mix up. If you have a food processor it is even faster. It is easy to clean the grater after grating...after all it is just soap so it washes right off. I give it a quick stir or shake before I add the detergent to the machine. I have bottles of partially used Tide Free (he kind) and All that I don't plan on using and is just collecting dust in my laundry room. My daughter uses this as does a few of my sisters and a niece (that I know of). To Karin, I got the idea from a friend of mine who lives in Iowa (she is Frisbee Family Fun Forever on my blog list) and then did a lot of research on the internet. She actually had a recipe online for a gel laundry detergent but I ran across the powder one online and it looked easy and so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and will never go back to store bought laundry detergent. And just FYI, the fels naptha is $1.19 per bar, the borax is $2.98, and the baking soda is $2.12 for a 4 pound box I don't remember the price for the washing soda but I know it was less than $3.00. I have made 2 batches of it as I recall and right now I have more than half the box of borax left and just barely less than half of the washing and baking soda left. So the most expensive part is the fels naptha but even at that it is only a few pennies a load. Lois, I hadn't thought about whether it is good for the environment but I think that there is a lot less waste of containers for the store bought detergent and I am sure it does nothing to harm the environment. Luckily we live in an area where you can recycle just about anything (which I love) so that really isn't much of an issue if you just throw your old store bought boxes or jugs into the recycle bin but this makes even less waste. I welcome any more questions and hopefully I answered the ones out there.


Diane said...

When I researched this soap I found lots of info about how these natural products are so much better for the environment when they go through either a septic tank or the sewer system. Especially the borax. Just something I remember about it being better for the environment. This is the site where we found the recipe.

It IS worth all of the time and effort. It makes the clothes clean rather than just masking things with a pretty smell. And it is so much easier to store a box of borax, washing soda, baking soda, and a couple bars of Fels Naptha as part of your food storage :)

Frisbies Forever said...

AWESOME! I use the gel because we have hard water and I don't like finding soap pockets but another friend loves this too. She doesn't have well water either.