My Mix Laundry Soap.
Okay, itâ€™s not homemade in the sense I got lye soap, a cauldron and bubbled and burbled my own concoction- but itâ€™s my MIX, and itâ€™s really good, lasts longer, and is a fraction of the cost of name brand laundry soaps! Itâ€™s more natural in ingredients than most name brands, and less offensive on the perfumy chemical trail. Plus, I do not react to it! YAY! I have found I can make 1 trip to the grocery store, and then spend about an hour of prep and mixing, and I have an efficient, effective, and extremely good smelling laundry soap that is amazingly only 18% of the cost of my old store bought brand.
My husband works as a plant maintenance mechanic, so I need it to smell good, and most importantly clean well. And this? Well this actually does equal to better in my opinion than what I used before, and it dissolves well in cold water. Savings on water heater bill as well. The cost for mixing my own is incredible! Try approximately $39â€¦A YEAR! Â (based on average of 6 loads of laundry a week) Â Itâ€™s not hard to make, it pays for itself in savings in just 2 months, and it takes about 1 hour to mix.
My Mix Laundry Detergent
You will needâ€¦
1 (4 lb 12 oz) 20 Mule Team Borax
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (***or make your own, as IÂ did-directions at the end- by using 3 boxes of Baking Soda)
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap (You can also use Fels Naptha just be sure your bar ounces total match up)
4(1 lb) Boxes of Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, or 1 -4 lb boxes â€“but we couldnâ€™t find the larger 4lb box when we went)
2 (55 oz)Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (This is 100% optional.) I actually used 3 (28 oz) bottles, taking advantage of a sale price. Â There are 3 scents offered by Purex Crystals, use whichever one you prefer.
Supplies: 1 large bucket, clean, dry inside, with lid; 1 cheese grater and old mixing bowl, wood spoon, (baking sheet if making washing soda)
Step 1: Grate the soap! I recommend using the fine grater, into a large mixing bowl works just fine. The soap dissolves just fine, even in cold water â€“ but the finer the pieces- the faster it dissolves. When you finish grating, the hardest part is over â€“ now itâ€™s just time to mix. (unless you are making your own Super Washing Soda, note at the end. If you are- start that before you start grating.)
Step 2: Mix in the bucket!
I used a very large bucket and poured the ingredients in layers. I took a small amount of each and layered it on top of each other, then I grabbed a large wood mixing spoon and mixed it together. My husband helped with this, I poured while he mixed. We do this outside on the back porch, as it does pouf clouds of powder easily as you pour and mix. Go slow and less pouf will occur. Â Dividing it into layers was so much easier than dumping all the ingredients in at once and then trying to mix it well.