Skip to main content

Homemade Laundry Soap

Give it a Whirl Thursday will be a weekly column
documenting triumphs and failures of frugal projects

(yes, I realize this is blurry, I apologize.)


1 bar of soap (I used Zote) $1
1/2 c borax $.18
1/2 c washing soda $.21
2 gallons water

Grate your soap. I used Zote and was very excited I found it at Family dollar!! Add 6 cups hot water into your pan, slowly add in your soap shavings.
Once all the soap is melted add the borax and the washing soda. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into large bucket. Add 4 cups hot water, stir until blended.
add 1 gallon + 6 cups cold water to your bucket and mix well. Set aside and let sit for 24 hours. Its chunky and gel like. This is normal.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Total for batch of soap $1.39
Which made 2 gallons of soap. 2 gallons=32 cups or 64 loads
$.02 per load!

Linking to


  1. Wow Brandi! You are so industrious! How well does it work? I always wondered about home-made laundry soap and if it might leave a residue? Thanks for the post. Very interesting!

  2. I have been debating on trying this myself. You use one cup per load?


  3. Brandi, this is such a good idea. I'm so glad I found your blog. I'll be back often to see what you've been doing. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. Thanks so much for visiting my blog all the way over in Africa, Brandi - I'm so glad to have found yours, too ... you have some great tips on here & I'll be back for another visit soon :)
    Bye for now
    Lynda, Kilimanjaro East Africa

  5. Christy- It works GREAT! I'll be updating this post while I use it more. I've honestly only used in a few times but so far it has been great. and we are very allergic to soap.

    Debbie- I thought I put it in there! I'm sorry I guess I was just so excited to post it I forgot to include the most important part! it is actually 1/2 a cup per load.

    Mary- Welcome! I hope to get to know you better can't wait to see you around here more often :)

    Lynda- I was so excited to find your blog, you live in such a beautiful place! I loved your pictures :) Do come back often!

  6. I am so into this...I am going to try it. I made a cleaner from another blogger too. LOVE it. Thanks for stopping by 504 Main. I am a new follower here!


  7. We have been using this for over a year now (and I was a diehard Tide user) and we LOVE it!

    Do you make your own fabric softner too? (I haven't had a chance to surf your blog yet - but I will :), I just found it through Homemaker Monday) If not, check here ( I love it!

  8. Holly- Thank you for stopping by! If you do try it please let me know. I'm interested to see how others like it :)

  9. Jessica- That is great to hear! I really enjoy feedback. I haven't tried to make my own fabric softener. I just use vinegar, but I am always up for trying new things! I'll head over and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I'm gonna have to try this, laundry soap costs so much money. Thanks for the tip and recipe.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Barn wood reindeer

I was  recently invited to an ornament exchange. We were instructed to create 12 of the same ornaments. We then wrapped one of the ornaments and put the other 11 in a box. We passed around the wrapped ornaments and opened them, sort of like a white elephant exchange. That way we all got to oogle and google  each others ornaments.

I made reclaimed barn wood reindeer. I think they turned out super cute. What do you think? Anyone want a tutorial?

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid

Source: via Brandi on Pinterest


2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
2 cups chicken chunks, cooked
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups broccoli, frozen, steamed and chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise
Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
Fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top.
Bake for 28 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

How perfect does this sound for an easy Friday night din…

One Month to love book review

This book is divided into 30 short chapters that cover all different aspects of relationships in your life. Some people are more easy to love than others, and this definitely helps with the difficulties involved in some people. Some things in this book are very predictable. Such as focusing on the person that you actually with. In the age we live in, it is often easier or more convenient to 'play' on our phones or computers, instead of paying attention to the people that matter the most.  Each chapter ends with a challenge which includes questions or things to think about and consider. While much of this book is just reiterating what we all should be doing to maintain and straighten our relationships there are some surprising ideas. One that stood out to me is the chapter entitled. ' Practicing the art of risking awkwardness'.  Included in this chapter is the idea of swallowing your pride and facing the uncomfortable stage where something has happened and usually run …