Thursday, June 4, 2009

Our laundry soap

(My daughter, Chaldea's artwork above which she sells at her Etsy site. She has illustrated several of my books.)

To make our home-made laundry soap, we start with these ingredients pictured below. My 23 year-old daughter, Jessica concocted the recipe. We use equal parts of each of the boxed items (really cheap) and then we shave a bar of laundry soap with a cheese grater into the mix to give it an extra boost. The half bar of soap is on top of the box below. It's hard to make out what it is in this photo. You can get bars of laundry soap almost anywhere.

We add a few drops of lavender essential oil or another scent at times to give it a nice fresh fragrance and then store it in a jar or container. You just throw a scoop of it into your wash in place of another detergent and you'll have nice clean laundry. :)

Here's Molly's recipe at Heaven Not Harvard who melts hers down first:

1 bar Fels Naptha soap grated
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax

She says: "Melt fels naptha in 4 cups of water, fill a clean 5 gl bucket half full with hot tap water, add melted soap, and powders, stir until dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water, let sit overnight. It will gel up and become quite thick. Add (optional essential oil) fill clean laundry soap container half with water, and half with gel. Shake well before each use. Viola, for $2.00 you can wash 640 loads in a front loader."

Visit her here.

This creative woman also makes clothes pin bags! Here's one of her designs that she sells from her blog. No, this is not a child's shirt hanging on the clothes line. It's a clothes pin bag. Clever!

You can also take a peek at Line Dry.Com for various laundry needs.

Do you have a laundry soap recipe to share? Or a laundry story? Feel free. :)

May God bless you in your domestic church as you strive to serve Him in your families!



  1. My soap has the same ingredients plus a cup of baking soda. Not positive on why, but it's in there! :) I put 1/4 or 1/2 cup of vinegar in my downy ball. If you don't have a downy ball then you can put it in on the softener cycle.

  2. I wanted to tell you that when I went to my mom's today she has a picture of Our Blessed Mother hanging up her laundry on the line while Our Lord sat on the ground beside her. :) I have no clue where she got it from but it's just precious!! :)

  3. Thanks for your recipe, Jennifer. :) I'll have to try the vinegar. Someone else had mentioned that too. I had also heard that you can add baking soda in the recipe. We've done that too.

    And how great that your Mom has that picture! I have seen a picture of the Blessed Mother hanging clothes on someone's blog once. I'd love to find it and post it here!

  4. I like your daughter's drawing of the clothesline with birds. They are so mundane, so real!

    May God bless you all.

  5. Could you use lemon peel to scent the soap?

  6. Hi Ladybug Mommy Maria,

    That sounds so good! I think you'd have to worry about it going bad or rotting though, unless you made it fresh per load. Maybe you can try a citrus essential oil instead. I think that would work.

    Thanks for stopping by and please spread the word about this new blog!

    God bless!

  7. Maria, add lemon essential oil if you want the smell of lemon. The peel will mold(

  8. The picture mentioned above is known as the Polish Madonna. You should be able to find it easily. We have one in our laundry room as well. :)


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