Monday, April 25, 2011

How To Clean Up And Save Money


Now days everyone is looking for ways to save money, so I thought I would pass this recipe along.  No, this is not some financial advice, or a great new pie recipe, but it is a great way to save money on laundry detergent.  Do you know that when you use a commercial brand of laundry detergent it is costing you at least 25 cents per load?  Well, by using this recipe each load will only cost you about  1 cent per load!  Quite a savings, no wonder those big companies make so much money! 

This recipe was given to us by a friend at the local farm store however,  I understand it was originally put out by the makers of one of the ingredients. It requires only a few basic ingredients, a container and some of your time.  

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/3 bar FELS NAPTHA laundry bar soap (grated)
  • 1/2 cup BORAX laundry booster

Equipment you will need:

  • 2 gallon bucket
  • dish
  • grater
  • saucepan
  • measuring cup or cups to measure 1/2 cup and 1 cup
  • gallon jug for measuring


  • First  grate about 1/3 bar of FEL NAPTHA bar soap onto a dish and then put the grated soap in a  sauce pan and add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts.
  • Next  add 1/2 cup WASHING SODA and 1/2 cup BORAX and stir until dissolved.
  • Next   pour 4 cups of hot water into the 2 gallon bucket and add in the soap mixture.
  • Then  add in 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir thoroughly.  Let stand for 24 hours and soap will gel.

* Use 1/2 cup of soap per load of laundry!

As you can see I have purchased the necessary ingredients, but I am still using up my supply of commercial detergent first, so I will let you know how it works as soon as I get the first batch mixed up, However in the mean time  if you are in need of laundry detergent before I get to try this out my self, you could try it out and let us know how you like it!   


  1. We must think alike. I had made my first bucket last week. I used it for the first time this past weekend on some really dirty ranching clothes. They were stained with mud, clay, and lots of stains from some of the animals. It really works well. My husband hates the smelly laundry detergents, so this is perfect for him. I also have the high efficiency washer and no problem with suds.

  2. It works just great! I used just regular bar soap (Irish Spring is what I had on hand). I started out using it on just the hubby's muddy farm clothes in case anything happened, but I've been using it on everything for a few months now with no problems whatsoever.

  3. Just in time for all that "spring cleaning" I should be doing!

  4. Thanks so much for letting us know how well it works. Our friend said that she and her mother have used it for years. I can't wait to try it just as soon as I finish off the commercial stuff.