Wellll…as we begin our new life together we are exploring how to live practical, simple lives. From couponing to gardening to making our own laundry detergent we are bringing it back old school and learning to live “on the land” so to speak. Seeing as this is the first time I have been married, the Lord brought Karin Lindstam into my life for proper schooling, and I am thankful He did! We both share similar desires for making house, foremost striving to give glory to Christ and to care for our home and family. I have learned so much from her over the last 4 years and this most recent endeavor of hers is just another lesson learned. She has ventured into making her own laundry detergent, and she has invited me to learn as well.
The recipe is very simple and includes only 3 main ingredients:
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Bar of sap (supposedly the vegetable oil based soaps work best)
Large 5 gallon bucket
oh yes, and water
You being by boiling about 4 cups of water. While water is heating you grate the soap ( a cheese grater works great for this!) and when water is boiling you begin to add the soap. You want to do this a little at a time or otherwise you will have big chunks of soap like this:
Use your wooden spoon to stir, it makes this process a bit faster. As the soap is dissolving, fill your 5 gallon bucket up with about 3 gallons of water. When soap is dissolved add washing soda and borax, stir and add to the 3 gallon water. Let sit over night and you will have fresh laundry detergent in the morning.
Karin is still perfecting this recipe. Essential oils can be added to make a nice scent and other ingredients can be added to make whites white. Altogether Karin determined that a 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent was about $.17. WOW!!! That’s right, less than a quarter! I couldn’t believe it! And I can testify that it really does get clothes clean. Thank you Karin for money saving tips and exciting new ways to make the most out of the least.
While looking for different recipes I found soap nuts, a natural and cheap way to wash laundry. You can buy different size bags and after doing the math it seems like you spend about $.09 a load. That’s right less than a dime. Much more costly than regular laundry soap and does not contain all those chemicals. Just something to think about. “Going green” for less? I can deal with that.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.