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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Home Made Goat's Milk Soap Laundry Detergent

A few months back I had a fiasco soapmaking issue. It turns out that if you forget to cut a large log of plain goat's milk soap for five days the odds of ever being able to cut such bar short of a saw is impossible. So, I handed it over to Cole as he was requesting the privilege of shredding it. He got out the old grater and in no time we had a paper bag of soap slivers. The bag sat in my soap closet, forgotten, until a couple of weeks ago when I finally remembered to pick up the supplies to make homemade laundry detergent. After a short trial, and umpteen loads of laundry already, I'm lovin' it! What I really love is the cost, as I am hoping to not have to buy laundry soap supplies again until the New Year, and all for less than a $15.00 investment.

Since we have lots of farm clothes and kids who like to get dirty, I added some powdered Clorox stain fighter and color booster for an extra "oomph" to the standard recipe. For super sensitive skin the Clorox could be left out.

My recipe:

1 cup grated, plain Goat's milk soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Clorox stain fighter and color booster

Add 1 tablespoon per regular load of laundry. Vinegar can be added to the rinse cycle if you have a really dirty/smelly load.

I mixed up a gallon jar of it, tied a pretty bow around the top and found a vintage tablespoon to throw in for measuring. It looks so cute in my laundry room:))


TheLazyJ said...

I'd like to put in my order please! Seriously, what would you charge me? We do SO much laundry, and the cost of detergent gets insane!!!

Sherry Sutherby said...

I'm right behind you on this one! Lord willing...:~) Thanks!

Dicky Bird said...

This is a cool idea!

luke lee said...

How much do you charge?

OurCrazyFarm said...

Thanks for the sweet responses! I will work on getting the homemade goat's milk soap laundry detergent up on my sale's page here:

$5.50 per pint bag (about 20 average loads), with shipping costs of $6.00 for up to 10 bags.

Of course for sisters I may exchange laundry soap for antique sinks:))

hwarner said...

Can you use this in an HE washer?

OurCrazyFarm said...

Yes, this laundry detergent works wonderful in HE washers because it is low sudsing.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

This is so awesome and so timely! Just last night I wrote down on my list of things to do "Make own laundry soap." Thanks for the recipe and the great idea. I don't have any homemade goats milk soap, could I use something like Ivory?

I am visiting you from Pamela's blog, and I really like your blog.

Kathy M.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oops, I just saw that you sell the soap! I need to check out the rest of your blog. I am now your newest follower.

Kathy M.

OurCrazyFarm said...

Welcome to OurCrazyFarm Kathy! Yep, you can use other soaps as well. FelsNaptha is a popular laundry soap, but I am sure Ivory would work, too.