Thanks to Noella for this Frugal Baby Tip!
I noticed many of you use grated soaps for laundry detergent. I thought I'd share a recipe that I got off another list. This helps save time in the long run as you needn't worry about dissolving the soap in the wash, it already is. The recipe calls for ivory, but I've experimented with other soaps with relatively good success, found out we had allergies to some soaps...
So here it is:
****Homemade Laundry Soap
This takes about 15 minutes to make. You'll need:
Bar of Ivory Soap (plain, pure soap, no fragrance)
1 Cup Washing Soda (not baking soda) - Borax or Arm & Hammer
Fill a large bucket or container with hot tap water. Set aside. Grate bar of soap into a sauce pan. Add water just to cover. Heat, stirring constantly, until soap is dissolved. Add soap/water mixture to the hot water in the bucket. Stir to combine.
Then (do not reverse this order) add 1 cup of Washing Soda and stir. As this cools it will turn into a bucket full of white gelatinous soap (thickness depends on size of bucket used).
To use, put two cups into a full load of laundry.
NOTE: Washing Soda is made by Arm and Hammer and the box looks like a big box of baking soda (but is NOT the same thing!). *****
Originally posted to the "Miserly Moms" email list on October 21, 1998 by Nancy P.
Category: Diaper Washing