I’m NOT Laura Ingalls!
I was born and raised in the city. So never in a million years did I think I would be one of thoooosssee women that made their own laundry soap. Ne-ver. Well, we know what happens after you spit that word outta your mouth, right? You’re about to do exactly what you swore you would ne-ver do!
My husband bought me Samsung front-loading washing machines when I was about to go in for a C-Section delivery of our son. My non-push/push present of sort.
And as you might guess, they got a lot of use in those first few weeks and months after having our second baby. Well, we noticed a funky smell that would not leave our clothes even after a second and third washing. So I got busy trying to find a way to remove it. In my research I discovered that at that time, front-loaders are prone to mold and mildew because of the water never draining all the way out like in the top loading washing machines. (They’ve since been improved the front-loading machines and their mold/mildew stats have dropped significantly.)
Reality set in.
That sucked at the time though. We were so in love with these machines and their high-efficiency operation that I was determined to find out how to remove that stench. Pinterest to the rescue!! I found this recipe on a blog or two. I was skeptical, of course, because what in the heck was I thinking?? Making my own laundry soap? I am so far from a Laura Ingalls-type mom as far as my homesteading abilities go, but this just seemed too good to be true.
Here’s the truth: This soap is a LIFESAVER! I have been making it about twice a year now for almost a decade. There’s no more stinky clothes. The machine is still in top shape and does not have a mold or mildew problem at all! I attribute it to using this soap. It’s got a nice smell. It’s a powder but it’s not like the old-school powder soaps that wouldn’t dissolve and leave marks on your clothes. (showing my age here) It dissolves wash after wash and has no residue build-up. Best of all: IT’S CHEAP TO MAKE! #favoritereasonever
The pros outweigh anything else!
Most of the time Winco will carry all of the ingredients too so that’s even better because they are cheaper than Wal-Mart! We spend about $25 on the products and it lasts about 5 to 6 months, depending on what’s going on with sports activities and whatnot.
Now that our kids are older they like to do some of the grating of the Fels-Naptha, which is good! You’re washing THEIR clothes too, right? The original recipe I found on Pinterest nearly a decade ago is long gone, but I have it memorized at this point. So without further introduction, here’s the best laundry soap recipe ever! Now you can join the club and be one of tthhhooossssee moms with me! LOL!
Until next week,
Angel from Weekly Welcome Mat
P.S. I’ve also included the recipe for you to print out and take to the store with you.