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
- 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.
- Once the grated soap is dissolved, stir in the Borax and Washing Soda til dissolved.
- 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.
- 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!