Mondays Washing Day

mondays washday

I remember this little rhyme from a Little Golden Book; Mondays wash day, Tuesday Irons …. Cannot remember the rest of the rhyme and it is difficult to find online.

As a grownup, wash day is whatever day I can get the clothes to the machine and since I only have three uniforms, I wash clothes every other day.  With all that washing going on, it is important that the soap I use not only work but also not break the bank AND be easy on the environment.

TADA!  Following is a recipe for the liquid laundry soap I use; makes 10 quarts of soap and fills three old Gain Laundry soap containers.  A cap full (probably more than I really need) does a full load.  Because this doesn’t sud up, it is safe to use in HE washers.  When I had an HE washer, I used this same soap without issue.

Now to the magic:

Liquid Laundry Soap


  • 1 cup grated Fels Naptha soap
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda)
  • 1 litre water
  • 10 litre bucket


  1. In a sauce pan, heat the 1 litre water and stir in the grated Fels Naptha soap.  You are going to stir this til all the grated pieces are dissolved in the water.
  2. Once the grated soap is dissolved, stir in the Borax and Washing Soda til dissolved.
  3. Fill 10 litre bucket with 8ish litre’s of warm water; add the soap mix and stir until blended.  Top off with water to reach the 10 litres.
  4. Pour into storage containers.

Really simple, right?  I haven’t priced this out yet but can say that a box of Borax and Washing Soda last a very long time.  Since none of this contains phosphates, it is environmentally friendly to boot.  Enjoy!

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