Friday, January 4, 2013

Just call me Michelle Duggar, with a lazy uterus

One of my more resolutions this year is to be more frugal. There are many reasons for this but the number one reason is that I'm 48 years old and living paycheck to paycheck. That needs to change. Since I'm not an extravagant spender, I need to look for other ways to cut back. So taking a lesson from the Duggar's I've made my own laundry soap. Crazy, right?

Anyway, there are many different recipes online, dry, liquid, green, not so green, you name it, you can find it. Since I'm lazy, I looked for the easiest way.

Here is the lazy woman's guide to making laundry soap.
a bar of soap
I cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Ok, couple things about the ingredients. Most recipes call for one bar of Fels Naptha soap, or soap of your choice. I didn't have Fels Naptha and being lazy, didn't want to go to the store, but I did have Ivory. The bars of Ivory are smaller than the Fels Naptha and since math and lazy don't mix, I used two. I've read you can use other soaps but don't use moisturizing soap, the oils in them can transfer to your clothes.

Also, use Washing Soda, not baking soda, made by the same people, one for washing, one for baking. It's in the laundry aisle, right next to the Borax.

Most recipes call for grating the soap. I'm thinking these women don't chug wine and chain smoke Pall Malls, not that I do, well except for the wine and only if the recipe calls for it. Anyway, back to my point, I'm not a grater. It's not fun and sometimes I cut my knuckles, that's why I buy my cheese already grated. Why would I grate soap?

So, my laziness paid off and I learned something today, you can microwave soap. Who knew? Some soaps get liquidy, Ivory soap gets fluffy, like frosting or whipped cream, but it's not, don't ask me how I know, just take my word for it.

When you microwave soap, keep an eye on it, it doesn't take long, under one minute. While you are microwaving your soap fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Bring four cups of water to boil on the stove, stir in your microwaved soap. Do not leave this unattended, it will boil over and trust me, it's a pain to clean up. Stir until the soap is dissolved then pour it in your bucket. Add 1 cup Washing soda and 1/2 cup borax, stir and stir until dissolved.

Fill your bucket with hot tap water and let it sit overnight. In the morning it will look like lovely egg drop soup, that means it's ready. Take an empty container and fill it half way with your laundry soap mix and then fill it up with water. Don't skip this step, I thought it was unnecessary because there is water in the washer, but it gets so thick you can barely pour it out of the container.

Shake before each use. I use about 5/8 cup, I use an old laundry detergent lid to measure it.  You can use this in a front loader, just use less. If you miss the scent of your regular laundry detergent add about 10 drops of essential oil to each gallon. I use tea tree, I like the smell and it's antibacterial or anti something, so it must be good.

This makes 10 gallons of laundry detergent. Someone better at math than me says this saves a lot of money. I'm going to take their word for it.


  1. Oh jeez that seems like a lot of work. But the question is - does it work?

    1. Amazingly, it works really well. I always bought Tide, loved everything about it but the price. This works great and is lots cheaper.


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