Since becoming a SAHM I have tried to find ways to save a few pennies wherever possible. Naturally, the first place I turned was in the grocery aisles… I found the most cost effective and safe place to turn was in the cleaning products I was using. I was using bleach to clean everything than I discovered VINEGAR! I love using vinegar to clean every. single. thing. Then I was on a mission to become Little Suzy Homemaker and make or use as many alternative products as possible. First, I made my own hand soap… I won’t say it was a complete fail BUT it certainly wasn’t a great success. The next experiment was laundry soap. I scoured the web (Thanks to Pinterest) and found this recipe and tweaked it just a tad to my needs. I am probably a little crazy for making such a large batch for my first time but I was putting positive energy into the universe that I was going to love it. All the ingredients together cost a little less than $20 and it will hopefully last me around 9 months. Now as I mentioned in the post reviewing the Eco Soap Nuts I do have a front loading HE washer. I was concerned about it being safe but after more scouring the web the overall consensus was this is absolutely HE safe. My washer does have a removable little tub thing for liquid soap to make room for powder and that is what I use but it does say that it can be placed right into the drum.
* Grate your bars of soap
* Add all ingredients into a 5 gallon bucket lined with a trash bag (this is only for easy clean up). I divided the ingredients in half and layered them for easy mixing.
* Than put your new soap into the container you plan on using. I had a huge apothecary type jar to store all of it right on my dryer.
* I used the scoop from the oxyclean to measure how much I need. I usually use 1 scoop but if the load is on the smaller side I use less (or more if extra dirty)…
I have been using this for a little over 2 weeks and I must say I am so happy! My clothes smell and look clean. I have never used fabric softener but with this soap I have noticed a difference in how soft my clothes have been. It literally took me 10 minutes tops to make it (half the time was spent on grating the bars of soap). I highly recommend anyone to give it a whirl!