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Replacing the Grocery Store Challenge Day 8-Make a Year's Worth of Laundry Soap


I thought I would let you all have a little bit more time to finish day seven's assignment and get your soil testing done, so we are taking a break from the gardening side of the challenge this week.

If you are new to the challenge, start here.


Not only are we working on growing as much of our own food as space, time and commitment will allow, we are also going to learn how to make a good portion of the non-food items as well.

I used to make my own laundry detergent a few years ago, but didn't quite like the consistency and build up in the washing machine that it caused.  It was a gel-like consistency and got a little messy.  Once we moved farther north, we bought a front loader and had to use certain detergent for HE(high efficiency) washers.  I quit making my own as I didn't want to ruin the washer.

Not until recently did I come across this recipe that is compatible for HE washers.  So far, I love it and I think you will too.  All together it cost around $30-$35 to make, depending on where you purchase the ingredients.  One such ingredient is Purex Crystals.  This is not a natural softener, but I did find that the lavender crystals were 92% natural.

If you'd like, the crystals can be omitted and you can just add vinegar to your washer(not the detergent) as a softener.

This is a dry detergent, so no more mess.  I found this recipe at One Good Think by Jillee.  Not only does this keep you from buying detergent from the grocery store for quite some time, but it is more natural and less expensive.  And, it really was pretty simple to make.  Grating the soap was probably the most difficult thing to do.  Oh, and I inhaled a little too much powder at one point when I was pouring it in a trash bag and started sneezing like crazy!

I'm sure it will not last me a whole year as I do believe that it is intended for a family of four, but it will last a good while with my family of seven.  It only takes two tablespoons per load!

Day Eight Challenge-Try Your Hand at Making A Year's Worth of HE Compatible Laundry Detergent

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years supply of laundry detergent



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8 comments:

  1. This is an interesting version of my soap recipe. I found a recipe which uses on bar of the soap to one cup of washing soda and one cup of borax. It says you only need one teaspoon, but I use two tablespoons.

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  2. Hi Susie,

    I'm your linking neighbor today over at the Homestead Barn Hope. Your title piqued my interest, as I have been contemplating issuing myself a challenge to be totally grocerty store-free for a full month (and beyond, hopefully). I haven't fully commited yet, but am moving in that direction so look forward to poking around here for added encouragement!
    Happy to have found you.

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  3. I've tried a LOT of detergent options and I don't like the chemicals that are in the Fels Naptha. I found that many soaps have extra fat in them so I made my own laundry bar that is 0% extra fats, only coconut oil as it has the best cleaning properties and I added orange essential oil for a extra cleaning boost and some scent. I also use this a a stain stick and just rub the bar into wet stains. I mix 1 bar with 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup citric acid as a brightener. I use 1-2 T. since we have "dirty ole farm clothes". I try to stay away from the regular detergents and "oxy" type products as there are a lot of warnings about skin and lung irritation.

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  4. I was just wondering I have made home made soap for the last year, but we have terrible water here in the country. It is high in sulpher and turns our clothes dingy....the homemade soap made it worse. I was wondering if your version works good in country well water. Thanks.

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    1. Although our water is pretty soft, it is well water. So far the detergent seems to work just fine. The Sun Oxygen cleaner helps with the discoloring. What ingredients did you use?

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  5. I tried this exact recipe and love it the first couple of loads but then it didn't seem to clean as well...not sure what the deal is but I gave in a bought some when I ran out and haven't come up with an alternate bee recipe to try....I was really sad b/c I really truly wanted to love it!

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  6. This is similar to my recipe & I love it! I've never seen lavender crystals. Hummm... gonna have to hunt for it! I enjoyed reading your post - thanks for sharing! (visiting from Homestead Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas
    www.taylormaderanch.com/blog

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