This year I decided to make most, if not all, of the Christmas gifts I gave to people and one of the things I made was homemade laundry soap. I found a pin on pinterest that led me to a pretty simple recipe to make up a very large batch of soap.
Here’s the rest of the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 Box of Borax (4lb 12 oz)
- 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lb 7 oz)
- 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb)
- 2 Bars of Zote (or Fels-Naptha) soap (14.1 oz)
And for added optional stain fighting goodness a container of Oxiclean (3 lbs) The original recipe also lists the use of Purex Laundry Crystals to make everything smell nice but since I knew I was going to be gifting this out to a lot of different people I opted not to use any since I didn’t know what they’d like their clothes to smell like. I did make another batch for myself that I added the tropical scented crystals to, I haven’t used it yet so I can’t attest to if my laundry smells lovely or not.
To mix the soap you’ll also need a bucket or tub, I used a wash basin because I happen to have it sitting around, I believe in the original post she recommends a 5 gallon bucket. You’ll also need a grater for the soap, I used the same grater I have for grating our cheese and then just soaked it and ran it through the dishwasher when I was done. So far no soapy tasting cheese And finally you’ll need a big wooden spoon or stick or something to stir this whole mess with.
You’ll need to grate the soap which I didn’t have too much trouble with and then I found the easiest way to mix things to be to layer the ingredients in the tub and then stir it up with my big spoon. Once that was complete I was able to fill up about 9 mason jars
full. I attached a pretty tag to them using some yarn and sent them off as gifts. I also added one of the washcloths I knitted to make a cute little cleaning gift pack.
You could also refill your Oxiclean tub and use that since the measuring scoop has a 2tbs mark on it! If you want to try out some soap but don’t want to make your own batch I have some of the lovely jars full available in my Etsy shop.