Make Your Own Laundry Soap

I have often seen bars of laun­dry soap on store shelves and won­dered what they were for. I have Laura Ingalls Wilder images of a happy wash­er­woman skip­ping through a field of daisies down to the creek with a bas­ket of laun­dry, and whack­ing a dirndl against a rock, furi­ously rub­bing it with an over­sized chuck of soap and rins­ing it in the bub­bling brook. Or maybe the bar of laun­dry soap is used as a pre-wash; apply­ing a vig­or­ous rub with the soap on a stub­born stain before throw­ing it in the machine. 

The main use appears to be using the bar on a stub­born stain, as men­tioned, before toss­ing it in with the wash. Wet the spot, moisten the soap and rub the bar into the stain.

Another use for the bar soap is to sup­ple­ment your pow­der or liq­uid soap by grat­ing a lit­tle of the bar right into the wash. Some folks rec­om­mend grat­ing as much soap as they desire right into some hot water and let­ting it dis­solve before adding to the wash.

I talked to vet­eran campers who bring a bar –or half a bar-of the soap with them when they go into the coun­try for extended trips. It doesn’t take much room or add much weight to the ol’ back­pack, you can use the same bar over and over, and there is no pack­ag­ing to deal with, which is great when you are in the mid­dle of nowhere and don’t want to lug around an empty car­ton or box or bottle.

But the most intrigu­ing use for bar laun­dry soap  just may be using it as a base to make your own, home­made liq­uid laun­dry soap. There are numer­ous “recipes” for home­made soap, most of them use a base of borax and soap, and they are all eco­nom­i­cal and some­what envi­ron­men­tally friendly. Linda Laundry Soap, for exam­ple, is made in Italy and described as “a nat­ural laun­dry soap that can be used on any type of fab­ric.” And of course, if you make your own liq­uid laun­dry soap out of it you can use the laun­dry bot­tles over and over.

don’t get car­ried away with the DIY stuff and go back to the pio­neer days in your laun­dry room!

Go to the Canadian Preppers Network site for direc­tions and a recipe.

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  • Tmccallen18

    She did, December 20, 2011 word for word.

  • http://fiestafarms.ca Ivy Knight

    We did use the recipe included in this post from http://www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com
    We should have linked to the orig­i­nal source, we regret the over­sight. The link has been fixed. Sorry, and thank you for your understanding

  • Ivy

    We did use the recipe included in this post from http://www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com
    We should have linked to the orig­i­nal source, we regret the over­sight. The link has been fixed. Sorry, and thank you for your understanding