My sister called me with a story that left an image of her standing in her yard over a boiling pot over a raging fire. What was she doing? Making laundry soap, of course! Where would she get such an idea? Where else but her favorite pastime of Pinterest!
After she went on and on about how she was going to save all kinds of money from simply making her own laundry detergent. She says it’s not a big deal, and she isn’t really cooking like a pioneer woman in her front yard. I have to say that I think many of our cleaning products are a racket. There is much that can be done with vinegar, borax and baking soda. I spent some time at my local Wal-Mart checking prices and the number of loads of laundry each package would clean. I came to the conclusion that we are indeed being ripped of! So, I did what every Pinterest-aholic does. I copied my sister…of course, she copied a blogger over at One Simple Thing who took the time to take pictures of every single step of her laundry soap making process. Since this blogger went to all trouble of guiding us amateur pioneer women, I think she deserves the credit. Besides, she also wrote about making her own dishwasher detergent. This very well may be my next project!
So, anyway, after purchasing my supplies, the idea of melting the bar of Fels Naptha soap began to overwhelm me. Add this to to the fact that my food processer of 21 years died last week, and I began to think that I like dry laundry soap just fine. So, I found me a recipe also on pinterest that uses the same ingredients as my sister, only without adding the water. I also didn’t have to build a fire in the yard! According to the Being Creative blogger, this will last nearly forever and I may save enough money to pay for a vacation! Well, that may be a slight exageration, but I did only spend $15 to purchase Borax, baking soda washing powder, baking powder, and Fels Naptha soap. The brand that I’ve bought for probably 10 years is $14 at Wal-mart and is enough for 64 loads. That blogger said to only use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. She said she does about 8 loads a week and her recipe last her for 9 months!
I mixed the ingredients in my big Tupperware cake top and then poured part of it back in the Arm and Hammer laundry soap box and another random container that I had on hand. I was able to successfully wash my daughter’s camp clothes and the laundry room smelled lovely after I finished.
If you have any desire to join my new pioneer woman group, leave a comment with your ideas …