Laundry Soap

Thursday 5th June 2014

We are still in Butte, Montana.  We are still getting ready for the trip up north.  I am almost out of laundry soap so thought I better replenish the stockpile.  I have been using this “recipe” for the last several years that my good friend Calleen gave me.

I bought 1 box Borax, 2 boxes of Washing Soda, 11 bars of Fels Naptha soap.  The last batch I bought cost $20.50 and lasted almost 7 months which is less than $3 a month.  My washing machine is an apartment size front loader.  It takes 1 tablespoon of soap to do a full load.  During our stay in Colorado my washing machine got a really good workout as I did the lads laundry as a special mom treat.


The basic recipe is 1 bar of soap, 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda. I chop the soap into cubes and drop into the blender with the washing soda and borax.


A good whip round the blades to grate the bar soap finely and I have laundry soap.  If I could not find the Fels Naptha soap I have used ivory bar soap.  My home made soap is too expensive to use in laundry detergent.


1 tablespoon of detergent and ¼ cup vinegar for the rinse cycle and I have lovely clean, fresh laundry. You can’t smell the vinegar when the laundry comes out of the washer and it also does a nice job of softening the clothes.  As a bonus it keeps the drum clean from soap residue.


Into the little cupboard under the washer and now I’m set for the next few months.




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1 Response to Laundry Soap

  1. Calleen Jordan says:

    Rose I love all your travel stories and adventures. You are really making me think hard about this retirement stuff. I’m so glad you guys are having a wonderful time. Life is good on the home front, 2 more little granddaughters here, Nora and Madison. Will try to send a picture. Miss you and can’t wait to catch up and have a glass of wine, so until then give Dean a big hug for me and we talk soon. Love you guys, Calleen

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