One of the biggest expenses that I have had as a mother was laundry soap. I must admit I love it when my laundry smells great and I used to free pour my detergent into the washer. That was before my I had my third child and went on maternity leave. With three kids (two of which have uniforms at school), a messy husband and myself I do A LOT of laundry. I assume that any clothes on the floor are dirty and they go in the wash and to top it off we decided to cloth diaper our last baby so although that doesn’t necessarily add a lot of laundry it means that laundry must get done in order for baby not to be naked. The first batch of this laundry soap I did I used Epsom salt with some essential oils as a fabric softner and Oxi-Clean. For this batch I changed the ingredients up because I wanted a more potent fragrance and because the Resolve was cheaper than the oxi-clean. I bought all of my ingrediants at either No Frills or Walmart although I know you can find some of them at Dollarama to make the cost even better. I use two tablespoons for regular loads and three tablespoons if I do large loads (always). I have a high efficiency front loader and this works wonderfully in the washer I have.
1 box of Borax (2 kg)
1 box of Baking Soda (2 kg)
1 box of Washing Soda (3 kg)
3 Bars of Ivory Soap-Shredded
2 Resolve Oxi-Clean In Wash Laundry Stain Remover (4 kg)-or any oxygen powered stain remover
1-2 jugs of Purex Crystals (optional)-You can use Epsom Salt with your favorite Essential Oil)
1. I grated the bars of soap on the large grater. I used Ivory because it is very pure but you could use laundry bars found in the laundry isle as well.
2. Put all of the ingredients into a container or bag that is large enough to hold them. I find that the easiest way to mix this is in a large bag (think garbage, recycling or leaf bag. This works out to be a lot of product and it produces a lot of dust if it is stirred so I put it in a bag and just move it around until all of the materials are mixed.
3. I ripped the corner of the bag off and put all of the powder back into a container. This particular one holds 40 cups and it is filled to the top with the finished product.
4. I transferred all of the product into smaller containers so that it would be easier to store and easier to access. The most time consuming aspect of this is actually putting the finished product into the containers. If you keep the stuff in a big Tupperware this job should take you 20 minutes maximum and you don’t have to worry about running out of laundry soap for a long time. My first batch lasted me around 6 months.
I hope that you use this and it helps you save as time and money. I no longer run out of laundry soap when I need it most.