Thursday, August 21, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap

I have had a few people request the recipe I use for Homemade Laundry Soap.  I started making my own soap about a month ago and wish I would have done it sooner.  My good friend started making her own soap a while back and inspired me to do the same. (Thanks arrow sparrow)  My recipe is different than hers in that she uses the powder version and I use the liquid gel version.  They both use the same basic ingredients.  The cost comes out to be about .71 cents per 2 gallons.  That is about .01 cent a load.  It works very well and smells great! Enjoy.

 Homemade Laundry Soap

1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of bar soap. (I use a little more than 1/3 of a bar as it contributes to a better gel. Ivory works well for those with sensitive skin)
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~ (Or you can save a laundry detergent container to refill)

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.

I also use a few tablespoons of vinegar per load as a fabric softener.  No, this does not make your clothes smell.  It does not soften as well as commercial bought softeners but is still a good alternative.  

Thursday, August 14, 2008


     There are so many changes coming up for our family.  We have been blessed by living the last four years in Alaska.  We have made so many good friends and had some of the best experiences of our life here.  It is the first place in a very long time that has felt like "home".  We have been a part of a wonderful  home school program that has offered more support than I could have imagined.  We have been part of the most precious church family.  Yes, it will be very hard to leave.  Yet I know that God has a perfect plan for my family.  Our life with the Air Force has given us so many wonderful opportunities we otherwise would not  have had.  I am thankful for each and every one.  I know that our next assignment will be filled with more wonderful experiences and adventures and I am excited at the prospect.  
     I do wonder how the children will handle the vast contrasts.  We will be moving from the icebox into the frying pan.  Going from 9 months of winter to maybe just 2 mild ones.  -30 to 100 above.   From moose and bears to snakes and bugs. Oh, and did I mention that we will be moving ourselves and driving 4,229 miles with three kids, a dog and a trailer?   I'm sure it will be entertaining.  Watch out we come.