Many of you know by now that I am a FRUGALISTA! I clip coupons and save money where ever I can...especially these days! Months ago, my Mother shared with me an idea she'd clipped out of our local electric coop magazine, Rural Arkansas. It was a recipe for making your own laundry soap and it was a short list of ingredients. She made a batch and raved about it. I was in the throws of coupon clipping and picking up laundry soap for $2 or less a bottle at Walgreens so I filed the thought and figured I'd revisit later when my stash of ALL and Arm & Hammer ran out.
Anyway...fast forward to a month ago, it was love at first SNIFF!!! The Fels-Naptha soap bar used to make this stuff is HEAVENLY!! Mother gave me a little sample batch of her soap and I was hooked! And it is SUPER, DUPER cheap. A few cents per load...yeah, cheap!!! There are several different recipes out there and if you have hard water you may have to make some adjustments...so just google "homemade laundry soap" to find the variations. I also found a recipe for making dishwasher detergent...so that's why I've included that on this printable. Guess what --it also uses two of the same ingredients from the laundry soap.
So I made a batch...or six :) For one batch--
- You need one bar of Fels-Naptha soap
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer WASHING soda (NOT baking soda)
(find all three ingredients at local groceries in the laundry supplies, hardware shops, or visit the links below on Amazon).
(forgive my photos...took with the phone)
(to give you an idea of what the packages look like)
The process is so very simple it just takes a few minutes...and contrary to what the images may look like, there is NO CHEDDAR CHEESE involved :)
I grated the bar of soap with my food processor. It looks like cheese at first. Then I processed to a finer consistency with the blade.
To make sure the three ingredients combined well, I processed all three to mix well.
I tend to keep (hoard) containers :) so this oats box was PERFECT for storing the detergent in.
And then I transformed it...
Just cover the box with a favorite scrapbook paper, use a strong adhesive to ensure it stays put and print the label on cardstock to match. Voila!
It looks so sweet perched on top of my washer :)
Here's what I used to create this simple project:
Download the FREE PDF file here:
Printable: Soap Labels
Hope you enjoy!