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Welcome to laundry soap making 101. It is pretty darn easy to make your own laundry soap and really nice to keep the money you would normally spend on it. I know you’re wondering, “Make my own laundry soap? Really how much money would I save”? For each of you it will be a bit different on the cost and savings, simply because items in a store are priced based on the local median income. I happen to live in an area where the deer population outnumbers the people by about 50,000 to 1. Meaning to buy the ingredients, make the almost 2 gallons of soap, figure out how many times I can make it with the ingredients and how many loads it will wash…comes out to roughly 3 cents per load to me, for 1920 loads. With as many kids as I have and the cubic butt load of clothes they go through in a week, it saves a lot of money for us. So, now you’re wondering what do you need to resemble Laura Ingalls and make laundry soap. Forget the bonnet and apron, but you will need a bucket.
What you will need:
1/3 bar soap – I use Fels Napa & then a sliver of Ivory bar soap (don’t ask why, it is a mental thing with me)- Fels should be in your laundry isle
1/2 cup washing soda – Arm & Hammer in the laundry isle (it will be in a box)
1/2 cup Borax 20 mule team powder – found mine right next to the Arm & Hammer in the laundry isle
Lots of water & a 2 gallon bucket or bigger is fine
How to do the deed: