Now I don’t know if you have noticed this as much as I have, that the current store prices on the laundry soap has totally gotten crazy! over the past number of years, something that I could see in the flyer that would even five years ago go on sale twice a year for around a dollar to three dollars, has creeped and in a big, big way.. Three years ago if you were lucky, you could find one or two sales for the smaller bottles for around 2.99 or up, this year, I have been watching those flyers and I have seen the super sales are sitting right around 3.99 and with limits on them to boot, and that’s for the cheaper brands, add another three plus per bottle for the “big guys”
At the same time that the higher costs have really kicked in, they also really started pushing cold water washing, use the cold water, it will save you lots in energy costs, but the cold water wash soap is more costly still and if you use the regular ones they don’t work as well. Due of course to the way the basic laundry soap works in regard to heat, the old fashion needs that warm to hot water folks..
There have been so many folks that have done many, many posts on how easy it is to be make your own laundry soap that I am not going to go into detail and do another post that is a repeat, so I am just thinking up to a really well done post that uses the same process
Instead I am going to offer my own tweeks on the recipe above..
- Take your soap out of the plastic and let it sit in a open cupboard for extra drying time before grating
- After Grating, let your soap again sit out for a couple extra days for drying..
- This recipe will NOT work well in cold water, you need warm to hot water to make it work correctly.
- You can add a nice natural scent to the soap but if you want to do so, pour out into your old laundry bottle, add your drops and shake well, don’t do the whole bucket at one go, it will fade, not get better with age, and second, this allows you to mix up scents, so that you can enjoy that change up.
- You can use your own homedone soap in this recipe, you just want hard soaps.
- You can make your own washing soda, its really quite easy and I will do a post on it, but in a nut shell, take your baking powder and bake it for around an hour or so at 400 and it will turn into washing soda, easy to get, easy to make, and you can make small batches as washing soda is one of those products that does not keep for that long, even if handled and stored correctly.
Do you make homemade laundry? if so do you make the dried version or the liquid version? If you scent your soap? what is your favorite ones and how much do you use?