Pioneer Woman and Pinterest

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 …

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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7 Responses to Pioneer Woman and Pinterest

  1. Katybeth says:

    I just love my tide pods! They smell nice too…like the old days when Mom used..uhm…Tide, Pledge and 409. Ok…I applaude your efforts…after all I’m a Waldorf mom..the community of wrinkled tie-dye cotton and homemade Pinsol…but there is no way in heck I’m melting bars of Fels Naptha soap…nothing last forever but you will be saving money and I am sure pinterest can help you plan a frugal vacation with your savings.

    • Debbie says:

      KB, this is EASY…maybe not as easy as the pods…I grated the Nels Naptha, not melted…just imagine it is a hunk of cheese :) )

  2. Charlotte Vincent says:

    I have been using powder for about 6 months. It is amazing what it does for Matt’s clothes that are always stained. I let them soak in the solution for a while before I turn wash cycle on. I use a coffee measure for the amt I use. Store in resealable containner or it will get lumpy. Do you have a good recipe for dishwasher detergent? I am sure I still have enough to make it past the New Year. Intially I spent $20.

  3. Debbie says:

    Kay, thanks for the inspiration! Heidi, I do live with a man child…I’m thinking of hiding little sachets of the stuff in the Teen Boy’s room. It smells NICE and clean…

  4. KtheGreat says:

    Funny story…but true! I have been using my “pioneer” soap for about 2 months. I have tried the liquid (very quick to make, but very, very thin), the gel (possibly my favorite, but takes a few more minutes), and will try the powder type next. No joke peeps, this stuff works! The hardest part is not to use too much. It only takes a couple of teaspoons. It’s a win-win. I’m not spinning money down the rinse cycle, and being a little more “green”. However, I might add…I don’t put mine back in the original ugly box…. NOOOOO, I use a clear, shatter-proof container with a cute label on the front! PINTEREST STYLE! Laters, Baby!

  5. Heidi says:

    Okay Deb, it can clean girl/camp clothes, but what about teenage boy clothes? That is the real test!!