Thursday, March 14, 2013

DIY Homemade Laundry Soap

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Its time to start SAVING money and being smart about it, one of these ways is for me to create my own homemade laundry soap. My mothers immediate comment was "Oh your not going to like that", or "its going to leave a filmy residue". No other way to know without trying it right? Let me tell you, I LOVE what I made. I made it, I tried it and it prevailed. No residue/filmy stuff. It smells fantastic and pulled out those dirty spots on the bottom of socks. No itching the skin, my son and I have sensitive skin and this even passed the test! It was easy to make, a little time on the grating. It was cost effective and easy to find the ingredients.
 
Each load only takes 2 tablespoons of detergent, so this one batch will cover 288 loads of laundry. All together, the ingredients cost around $23, which equals about 8 cents per load.
 
I will never go back to regular detergent long as I'm needing to pinch those pennies and I'm needing to be frugal now more than ever with the big move coming up for Caleb and I. I have been searching and reading tons and tons and receipts on Pinterest over the course of the last few weeks and found this one to be the most appealing, here's the how to if interested. Found  here
 
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Here's what you'll need:

4- 4oz. bars of grated Castile soap

1- 78 oz. box of Borax

8- 16 oz. boxes of baking soda

3 tblsp. lavender essential oil
 
We grated our soap using a cheese grater, Caleb loved to help on this part.
Once the soap is grated, toss it in a large pail/bucket/tub and toss in the other ingredients. I used my hands to mix it all up ! Homemade powder laundry detergent, that simple!
 
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As if thats not enough coolness, I also found and printed this beautiful label to stick on the laundry soap container to dress it up! Found here

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25 comments:

  1. Wonderful idea! I love the idea of making my own laundry detergent. I make our household cleaners, baby food, and all meals from scratch, and it is so rewarding.

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    1. its truly wonderful how many things are out there that are safer and cheaper to do then full price store bought. I have cleaner on my list as well, need to use up the ones I have now and then will start trying those out.

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  2. I just may try this -- although I think I'll halve the ingredients! Or maybe make it all and share with my daughter! Thanks for posting it!

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    1. its great! easy to find the items all at walmart :)

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  3. I have wondered about whether or not the homemade laundry soap would work for my son and daughter's extra sensitive skin. You've turned me into a believer, and I'll be trying this out. 288 loads? Heck yeah!!!
    ~Kim

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    1. It will work! we are both sensitive as well!

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  4. My son has sensitive skin too and has eczema, so we use a dye and fragrance free detergent. Maybe I'll try this on a smaller scale and see how it works for him. I've been trying to save money with laundry (like washing small loads of clothes by hand and hanging them to dry) but hadn't thought to make my own detergent!

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    1. we did all fre and clear before this so I can say this is just as good if not better!! + saves money!

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  5. Wow! I bet you will have very nice whites because you are using Borax. :) Great Idea!

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  6. Kelly, thanks for enjoying my laundry detergent recipe so much that you wanted to share it with your readers. :) Spreading the lavender love is always great! Hope you visit again soon! Thanks!

    -Danni @ The Hen Pen {dot} ORG

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    1. no thank you, yours was the most appelaing out of tons and so glad i went with my gut!

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  7. We found an awesome diy laundry detergent recipe and I fell in love! I will only make it from home from now on :D Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    1. deff! Im so glad to have tried it as well, will help aid in saving some money + no funky fillers

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  8. I've been looking for a laundry detergent recipe...thanks for sharing! I'll be trying this out. Found your blog through Transformation Thursday when I linked up. Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

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    1. perfect :) I did re-search for days and this was amazing! would love to hear a update when you try it

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  9. Do your clothes smell good when they come out of the dryer? I've tried diy laundry detergent before and my clothes always come out smelling musty!

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    1. they do!! no funky smells, I would deff. pull them out within 30 minutes to make sure they dont ;)

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  10. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  11. I'm all about making my own soaps and such! This is a great recipe, i will be sure to try it!

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