Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap

Hello friends.

Hope you had a good weekend. We had a quite weekend and didn't do a lot.

Welcome to new follower Jacqui from Tipeetoes. Why not pop along and have a look at her blog?

A little while ago I made some laundry soap. I won't bother you with a recipe as you can find lots on the Internet.

When I made the soap I followed the recipe but I only add half the water because I wanted make it into a concentrated soap. BIG, BIG mistake because when I came to use it, it had set solid. That really was not a good idea.
I had to use a sharp knife  and cut the bottoms of each bottle and emptied the contents in to a my large pan and melt the soap again. luckily I had more empty bottles.
After the soap had melted I half filled the new bottles with water (my pan in not that big and I didn't have a large bucket)I then topped them up with the warm soap, put the top on and shook the bottles to mix up the contents.

I have used the soap quite a few times now and feel that it doesn't matches up to the top of the range laundry liquids but they are way too expensive. However I do think it's equal to the shops own brand. Our clothes don't get very dirty so I think for the time being I will continue with the homemade soap. Occasionally Items of clothing do get stains on them so I use washing up liquid on it. A trick I learnt when I once worked in a dry cleaners. Works a treat.

My washer is housed outside in the outhouse along with the stock of soap and fabric conditioners which means during this cold spell the soap is setting so I'm keeping the open bottle indoors.

I haven't made fabric conditioner because I really like the shops own brand I use.

Has anyone else made their own laundry soap? How did you find it?

I enjoy your company/comments and hope to see you again later in the week.




  1. I've never made my own laundry liquid. I buy a huge box of wash powder from Home Bargains for around 4 pounds, and mix it half and half with soda crystals. It lasts me for months.

    1. I will have to have a look next time I'm in Fleetwood. They have there own car park.

    2. I just made my first batch of washing powder at the weekend! It seems to do the job. I can't work out if it's cheaper or not than Aldi's own, but I suspect it is marginally 'greener'. Planning to blog about it soon!

    3. I look forward to reading your post.


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