When my little girls were just babies in cloth diapers, I spent a lot of money on eco-friendly, clean-rinsing, free and clear laundry detergent. The amount of money that our family saved by using cloth diapers way more than made up for the gourmet laundry detergent, but in the name of frugality, and since the girls’ cloth diapers have long since been passed on to other mommas, it was a habit that I needed to kick.
Today, my six-year-old daughter makes our family’s laundry soap as part of her household chores. It’s not a regular chore, since this five-cup recipe lasts us about three months at a time, but it’s an easy recipe, and it’s fun to grate the soap and whisk the ingredients.
Our laundry soap recipe costs us between three and four cents a load, depending on whether or not I put in any fancy extras. It’s made entirely from ingredients that we already have around the house, lives in a pretty Mason jar with a fabric top, and cleans our clothes as well as a store-bought laundry detergent. Here’s how to make it: