But have you read the instructions for some of these laundry recipes? Boiling up vats of soap? Finding room to store a 5 gallon bucket? It sounded like too much effort and storage space.
Then through the miracle of the Internet, I found an easy powder recipe that works just as well as the stuff I was shelling out so much money for.
Here's the 3-ingredient instructions.
1. Purchase Fels Naptha soap, Borax and washing soda. Washing soda is NOT the same as baking soda! I get all my supplies in the laundry aisle at Cub Foods.
1. Grate one bar of Fels Naptha soap. I bought a hand grater at the dollar store for this so that I don't end up with soapy tasting cheese later on.
|Small gratings of soap|
3. Mix 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda and one grated bar soap together. I double the recipe.
|The finished product|
Yup. Its that easy. It is inexpensive, easy to store, quick to make and works well. For a good size, kid dirt-encrusted load I use a 2 Tbs. scoop worth in the load. With small enough soap shavings, you can use this soap in all temperature water, including cold. It is also suppose to work well in a HE washer because it is low-sudsing, but I don't have a HE and can't personally vouch for it.
Have you heard about the cheap fabric softener trick yet? Put a few drops of fabric softener on a designated clean rag. Toss it into the dryer like a dryer sheet. You can use this for a few loads before you need to add more fabric softener. The clothes smell good, and it reduces the static from a dry winter house for pennies.