I always have a ton of laundry to do.
I shouldn’t, but I do. I tend to do not just clothes, but a LOT of blankets. My dog sleeps with me and my cats have their own little blankies. They get really dirty really fast – especially during winter.
Thing is, I have sensitive skin, so I have a limited number of detergents I can use – and many are expensive.
I’d started using Grandma’s brand, which I can only find on Amazon. I love it. My skin doesn’t itch and my clothes get clean.
But Grandma’s got a little expensive. I decided to look for alternatives.
I found a terrific mixture of soaps that not only clean – and I do mean CLEAN – but they don’t bother my skin. Plus, it worked great on delicates.
I use this mixture in hard water, so on some (really stinky) blankets, I might use a scoop and a half, but for the most part, I use one scoop (1 tablespoon) for one full load.
How did I come up with this mixture?
Well, we were out of laundry soap one time and we used pieces of the Felsnaptha laundry bar in our top loader washing machine.
It worked GREAT all by itself.
I decided to see if I could spruce it up a bit with Borax, which I use as a laundry booster. After some experiments, I added some Arm & Hammer Washing Powder to flesh out the mixture.
For what I paid for one bar of Felsnaptha, plus the big boxes of Borax and Arm & Hammer, I could have purchased one bag of Grandma’s, which goes 40 loads.
This mixture will go about 30-40 loads. However, I have a ton of Borax and washing powder left over, so financially speaking, it’s a better deal. (Don’t ask me for pennies, though. I don’t get THAT detailed on the money portion!)
I use vinegar in the rinse, which helps keep hard water stains from the laundry tank and keep lime from building up in the pipes.
Homemade Laundry Soap
1 bar Felsnaptha, grated
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Powder
1 cup Borax
Mix all ingredients in an air tight container. Use one scoop per full load of laundry.0