Saturday, May 26, 2012

Farming On Faith's New And Improved Homemade Laundry Soap~

Updated 10/8/12

In my journey to make money by saving money I have to say the biggest one money saving tip is my homemade Laundry Soap~and I am picky!
I have been using Homemade Laundry Soap four years now. Here is my New And Improved Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe.

Farming On Faith's Laundry Soap Cast of Characters~
1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cup of Borax
1 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
4 cups of water

Easy Directions~

1*Grate bar of soap. Put in an old pan and cook with water until completely dissolved on medium heat.

2*Next~ add the Borax and Washing Soda and whisk. It will start to thicken like frosting. Whisk for 10 minutes on medium heat. (Use an old pan so you can whisk it good.) It will begin to thicken.

3* Pour the soap in a large mixing bowl and let it cool. This will take a few hours~ whisk it when you think about it. As it cools it will thicken~ a lot. Keep adding small amounts of water as you whisk it until it completely cools and you get the texture you like. Mine resembles cream cheese frosting in texture. Remember this is very concentrated so only use a couple Tablespoons for an HE Washer and maybe 1/4 cup for a regular washing machine. It works wonderful and no more goop!


Sue said...

Thanks for sharing another great tip:)

Christa said...

Thanks for these tips Carrie. I make homemade laundry soap too but it comes out clumpy. We always need to shake the bottle before we pour. I'll be trying your recipe for our next batch.



Goodwife said...

Does this work well in cold water?

Patty said...

Thanks for the new tips. Have a great day.

Flat Creek Farm said...

I love the idea about pre-dissolving the bar soap in boiling water beforehand. Great tip! I'm always afraid my food processor is gonna kick the bucket when I grate the Fels Naptha bars :) Hubby also bought me a large paint stir accessory for the drill. This keeps my arm from getting so tired from all that whisking :) -Tammy

Amy said...

I got the hint to use Zote bar. (Big Lots 88cents) It doesn't have the chemicals that Fels Naptha does and it has a nice lemony scent. It is a big pink bar.

Fels Naptha is made from Napthaline a by-product of petroleum production. So it isn't something I care to use.

Thanks for the tip and have a wonderful day.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Okay, I've been wanting to try this but I don't have a food processor. Is it too much trouble to grate by hand? And a silly question, this is liquid detergent? So many recipes I've seen have been for powered detergent. Thanks Carrie!

Horse Filled Days said...

Thanks for the tips, Carrie. I love making detergent, but it will be awhile before I have to make any again....I just got 8 bottles of All at Kmart for just tax since they are doubling coupons right now, so I am set for awhile! food processor did break while I was grating my Fels Naptha. The grating disk broke, so now I rough chop the bars with a knife, then put them in, it seems to be much easier on the food processor!

Nezzy said...

Thanks for the tips, I've had trouble in the past with separation.

Ya'll have a beautiful day filled with sunshiny blessings!!!

Lady Farmer said...

I have been making my own (powdered) laundry soap for over a year now, but I have to admit, my whites are very gray! I wonder if it is our hard water? It is heavy in iron. I bought a bottle of Mrs. Meyers Laundry soap and have added a half cap of it (liquid) to 1 scoup of my homemade powder and now the whites are white again! I am so bad at chemistry!
Perhaps I should try your liquid when my powder runs out, though the recipe is basically the same only dry with Baking soda added.
Thanks for the "New and Improved" recipe!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I have a huge 20 litre bucket of your homemade detergent sitting in my kitchen Carrie. I had made a powdered version using borax and washing soda previously but was not happy with the results. The liquid version seems to be much more effective, though I do have to pre soak badly stained clothes. I used grated Sunlight soap for mine (do you get that soap in the USA? It has been around for years, my grandmother used to use it in her laundry.) My detergent did go a bit clumpy so I will try the dissolving tip. Will also use the paint stirry thingy attachment on my husband's drill next time!
I also made your conditioner using an inexpensive brand which is sulfate free as we have a septic system have to be careful what goes into it. No phosphates allowed so I had to buy phosphate free detergents which are more expensive. Your detergent has saved us a lot of money over the last month!

Barbara said...

Gonna try this real soon, thank you for the recipe and the tips, Hugs, Barbara

Sandy said...

Can this be used in an HE front loader? I would love to try it but I almost broke my machine by using the wrong kind of detergent.

Amber said...

Carrie - I've been meaning to try your recipe for months now. Last week I bought a box of Borax and the only kind of soda they had in the laundry aisle was a huge box of baking soda. So that's what I bought but I see that you wrote in this recipe not to use baking soda. So, where do you buy washing soda? Also, where do you buy the Downy essential oil? Any specific website? Okay, one more question. What size pot do you use to melt everything? I need to buy one just for this purpose, but the larger ones are so expensive. Thanks for posting this!

Hazel said...

I have been using the original recipe and my hubby just brought it to my attention his white T-shirts are now grey . l'll try adding the tide and see if that helps .Thanks for your tips .

Down On The Farm said...

I will try this new recipe the next batch I make. I used your old recipe and it was always clumpy. And I agree with other comments that said their whites were gray. I tried Mrs. Stewart's bluing and did not have good results. I couldn't tell any difference. I have been using a small scoop of Oxy-Clean to each load. I too use Fels-Naphtha but I will look for the Zote and give this new recipe a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

Lady Farmer - Where do you find Mrs. Meyers Laundry Soap? Is it powder or liquid?

Walking on Sunshine - No, its not hard. I use a grater, like you would grate cabbage on. I have also used a carrot peeler to "shave" the soap. Either way works or me as I do not have a food processor.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

I use Dove and I like it better. I also use the Tide recipe and have no problem with my whites. Give it a try!

Annie said...

Fels Naptha is no longer made from Napthaline.

Courtney said...

Just made this, but what is the amount I use per load for an HE machine?

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

You use about 1/4 cup per load!

Anonymous said...

The gray T shirts could be from hard water. Hang the T shirts out will make the shirts stay white. I never heard of putting Tide in the mixture. I have put Mrs. Meyers lemon Verbena laundry detergent in (about a cup to five gallons of homemade laundry detergent), its more *green* than Tide.

Bridgett said...

OH BOY!! My son and I made this laundry soap today. (We also homeschool--great science project!) When we added the Borax and soda to the warm water with the Dove soap, the mix foamed up HUGE. The soap settled and looks beautiful now. Thanks so much, Bridgett

Lara said...

I have some Mrs. Stewarts bluing. I put a few drops of it with my whites, and it took care of any graying. When you are bluing, you don't want to use any fabric softener. Very happy with the homemade detergent. I used Irish Spring, since it's my dh's favorite soap. Has a nice smell, and I knew he wouldn't be allergic to it. :)

Sandra Henderson said...

I posted this recipe on my blog, but it was with the FelsNaptha. This might be more gentle?
YES!~It's like pennies per load and think of all that money we have been washing down the drain?!?! literally! Plus, with us living on an island with NO stores and no bridges adn having to HAUL everything, that is an added bonus for me to make our own soap.
thanks for sharing!

Cara Lynch said...

I am trying to save money any where I can. Making my own houseold cleaners and laundry soap is all new to me. Trying out dusting spray today, and so far am very pleased. One question about the laundry much do I use? The same amount as I would for Tide? Thanks for any help given! Have a blessed day :)

SixFootRealtor said...

I made this for the first time yesterday and it was so easy! After it cooled and thickened up I poured it into some empty milk jugs I had in my recycle bin. I figured it would be easy to measure out this way. I'm trying 1/4 C per load right now.

Here's my cost analysis:

1.32 Gallon bottle of Tide from Costco: $20.00

This recipe makes 3 gallons of detergent with each batch. I can make at least three batches from the ingredients I bought, which makes 9 gallons.

Borax: $2.00
Washing soda: $2.59
3 bars of Ivory soap: $1.59
Total: $7 (I rounded up to make it easy)

Homemade is $7 for 3 3-gallon batches = $.77 /gallon.

Tide is more like $16.00/gallon!!!

If I had added a bottle of Downy fabric softener to the mix that would be another $3 or so. That still brings the homemade version to slightly over $1/gallon.

No contest!

April said...

Basically the same I use, but I alternate between FN and Zoot--I use which ever the hardware store has on hand or is cheapest. I grate mine by hand with a cheese grater before I cook it down.

I use in cold water just fine, and in a front loading HE. However, I still use some bleach on some of our whites--we farm, and why kids take boots off in the barn I don't know, but they do, and I have to bleach or vinegar to disinfect, and the bleach whitens more, so I do use about 1/2 of the recommended amount of bleach. I notice we have less 'itches' when we use this as compared to commercially made laundry soap.

Donetta said...

Try hot water to the bucket it is a stronger activator of the borax/soda

Franziska said...

Can this be used in a front loading HE washer? Bought all the stuff but wanted to make sure you could use it in a HE before I brewed it up.

Anonymous said...

I just tried this and it is my first time making laundry detergent and I don't think it turned out like it is supposed to. It did not thicken at all after I added the washing soda and borax. The only thing I did different was, I used Ivory soap instead of dove.

Sandra Henderson said...

I will have to try this. I still make mine. Love the savings and love the effect of cleaning, smells, etc. However, i use the fels naptha, which is good for hard stains, dirty clothes. This would be nice for sheets, gowns, etc. Thanks!

Kathryn said...

What is the Tide recipe?

vicki said...

i use the salad shooter to slice my soap first, then run the small pieces thru again, very very easy dont even need a food processor.

Amy @ Our Own Village said...

Do you dilute this when you use it? I have been using the Duggars recipe, which dilutes the mixture with water by 50% before using.

Kork said...

I LOVE the idea of letting the soap melt before hand in a jar of water! Why didn't I think of that?!?!?

I use mine in my HE front loader - depending on the load, I only have to use 1/4C, more for more heavily soiled loads.

I do NOT dilute mine at all - just make sure if you don't mix it during the "curing" process that you shake your container, or mix it before you measure it out.

Have you ever added essential oils for fragrance?

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie,
I just found your blog and saw this recipe for laundry soap. I have a question or two for you. In the list of items you need, you mentioned 4 cups of water and below that you ask for 3 gallons of hot water. In the directions in step 1 you mentioned to use a gallon of water. I'm not sure where the 4 cups of water comes into play because you never mention it in the directions and you use a 3 gallons of water in the 3rd step. Should the ingredient list say 4 gallons of hot water or should step 3 say 2 gallons of hot water and not 3, and where does the 4 cups of water come into play? I appreciate your response and look forward to using your recipe. Thank you



Rhoda said...

Hello Carrie,
I have been using your soap for about a year now and have given your page to others as well. I love the savings! I also love the idea of making a concentrated version and will try that as soon as this last batch I made runs out. I think this will prevent the mess a bit at the washing machine and probably also the issue of it sometimes being too runny. Have you ever experimented with adding Oxiclean to your soap recipe? I also purchased some Tide fragrance oil made for soaps which I added this time; I'm going to be watching my whites really close to see if that affects it. I also love the diluted fabric softener with sponges; that works so well!




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