Yesterday we desperately needed to get some laundry done but were out of laundry detergent so after doing my grocery shopping at Target I grabbed a dollar and change and ran into Cub for a bar of Fels-naptha soap. And yes, you read that right. I bought my food at Target and my soap at Cub... it had to be done.
Bad words were said. I think I said the F-word. And the A-word. And the SH-word. It hurt like H-word.
So after running my mutilated fingers under water and getting my husband to help me with the bandaids, I went back to my project. Because there was no time for being a wimp... laundry needed to be done!
this was right after the bandaids were put on. a few minutes later I had bled through and needed a new one.
I switched to the regular cheese side of my cheese grater and finished shredding up my soap.
This next step is not needed when you make the liquid stuff. Use a food processor or a blender to turn your shredded soap into a powder. Takes like 30 seconds I think.
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
1 powdered up bar of Fels Naptha soap
It is awesome! It is easy to make, cheap as dirt, not messy to use, and smells SO good!
My first test load was a mix of things that we've worn recently, dirty socks, and a couple shirts that were at the bottom of the laundry pile in the basement and were a bit smelly from the dampness.
I smelled every single piece of clothing (yep, even my husband's socks) and it all came out smelling fresh and clean! I didn't think that just 2T of detergent would be enough, especially since I wash most of our clothes in cold water, but it was!
I highly recommend making it this way!!