Handmade Laundry Soap

Thrifty Thursday!

Today's Thrifty Tip for today comes from my sister-in-law.  We were talking on the phone the other day and she was telling me about her latest way to save some money.  It's  kind of like a hobby for her.  She thrives on being thrifty and takes great satisfaction in knowing she can find the best deal out there or make it herself.  

Honestly, I wish I was like that.  But I'm not.  I'll just admit it.  I guess that is why I am enjoying "Thrifty Thursdays" because it opens up my eyes to new ways to save and be better at using what I have.  Maybe some day I will love it as much as my sister-in-law.  But for now, I will just take her word for it.  

So, without further ado here is her "recipe" for:

Handmade Laundry Soap

This simple laundry soap recipe will leave your clothes clean and fresh and only comes to about 2 cents per load, or so my sister-in-law says.   You can't beat that!  And with as much as I do laundry...(with kids, it's AT LEAST once a day) this could be very beneficial to me. I think I will try this and let you know what I find!  So stay tuned!

Liquid Laundry soap
1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap ( Ivory and Zote will also work)
½ cup washing soda (found in the laundry section at most stores)
½ cup borax powder (the 20 Mule Team brand is a good choice)
2 gallons water

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda (NOT baking soda) and the borax. Stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into a 2-gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours until it gels. Use a ½ cup detergent per load of laundry.

Dry Laundry Soap
1 bar Ivory Soap (or 2/3 bar Fels Naptha)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda (found in the laundry aisle)

Grate 1 bar of Ivory soap (or other not strongly scented bar soap). Add 1/2 cup of borax. Add 1/2 cup washing soda. Mix together and store in air tight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.

Both recipes are for a low-sudsing detergent and work especially well in high efficiency washing machines.

Most of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle and at some Walmarts and Targets. Some people have a difficult time Fels Naptha soap. If this happens, you can either try a substitute (such as Zote, Ivory or Sunlight bar soaps, or other low-scented soap) or buy it online at Amazon.com.

So what are some tips or tricks that have worked for you in making laundry soap?  

And how much money have you saved in doing so? 

Being as I have never done it before, I need your expertise before I jump in!  Please share your thoughts!  Thanks!