June 30, 2011

Laundry Soap Project- Meet Angie!

I’m so excited to be part of this review panel for the  Laundry Soap Project!

I was a little skeptical at first, because I was just so sure that there was nothing that could compare to store bought laundry soap. How could homemade clean as good as that wonderful smelly stuff I buy almost on a bi-weekly basis?

With four kids in the house and two adults, (one of which works in some pretty filthy places through the day), I need something that is strong enough to kick the stains without breaking the bank. I’ve used many other detergents before (Gain, Tide, All, Cheer) and they can be a bit pricey with as much laundry as we go through.
So I decided to give the homemade powdered version a shot. Can’t hurt, right? I found several recipes, and decided to settle on this one from http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/

Recipe for Powdered Laundry Soap:
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
Directions:

Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.


I wasn’t sure how many boxes of each ingredient I’d need, so I started with one of each. Turns out, it wasn’t enough at all. But I didn’t want to make another late night trip to Walmart to get more, so I decided to wing it. This is the recipe I ended up with:
1 76-ounce box Borax
1 55-ounce box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 2-pound box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
3-4 bars Soap (I used Irish Spring first time because I wanted the smell, and Ivory in the second batch I made)
Mix all ingredients well, store in a sealed tub or container. Use 1-2 teaspoons per load of laundry.
(All of the ingredients together cost roughly $12 at Walmart)

Honestly, this recipe worked amazingly. I tried it out the night that I made it and I kept taking the clothes out of the dryer to my husband and making him look at how clean they were, because I was in total shock that it actually worked. At this point, I will never go back to store bought laundry soaps. With as little soap as each load uses, I’m sure it will save some money.

Give it a try! You will NOT be disappointed!


*Want to join this project? Read more about it here* Thank You Angie for Joining up with My Side of Life and the other Mom's for this Project !!




Disclaimer:  I was not paid to do this post or reivew. These are my own personal opinions that I was willing to share for an honest review on My Side of Life.  

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