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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How-To Tuesday

I am a learner by nature. I love learning new things. Somedays it might be just reading something but I also like to get my hands into new things as well. I can easily say this comes from my mom. I am greatful for the fact that she was always willing to try new things while I was growing up and passed the love of learning on to me.

This week I want to share my homemade laundry soap with you. I only use three ingredients to make my soap.
  1. Fels Naptha Soap
  2. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  3. Borax

To make my soap I use 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap, 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup Washing Soda. The Borax and Washing Soda can just be measured in a dry measuring cup. The bar of Fels Naptha must be ground up. Personally, I use my food processor shaving blade. I know others who put the bar in a bag and smash it up with a hammer before putting it in the food processor with the S blade. You can do which ever appeals to you. This soap is rather hard and it is found in the laundry aisle not with regular bar soap.

To use the soap I put all the ingredients in a small square airtight container and shake. I then toss in an extra 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon. To wash clothes I use 1 Tablespoon of soap per load.

This soap will not suds up like commercial laundry soaps. After a few times of washing your clothes with this soap you will notice your clothes start looking cleaner. The commercial soaps tend to leave a residue on your clothes and this will start to disappear. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.


Christel said...

Can this mixture be used in an HE machine?? Thanks!!

Heather said...

Christel - I do no know if this would work in an HE machine. It does not suds up which is the main concern with HE machines as I understand it. I would check with your manufacturer's 800 number to see what they recommend.

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