Nifty Soap Trick for Homemade Laundry

I have been making my own laundry detergent for several years now, but just recently I had an epiphany that is making my life so much easier.

You see, I like the savings from making my own laundry soap, but it was always a pain when it was time to make a new batch because you had to stand there and finely grate an entire bar of soap.

Well , I’m sure you’ve seen the fun trick where you put a bar of soap in the microwave and watch it grow.  My kids did something similar in an arts and crafts camp.  When they got their soapy monsters home (or whatever they were), I noticed how crumbly they were.




So, now when it’s time to make laundry detergent, all I do is pop my bar of Fels-Naptha in the microwave for 2 and a half minutes.  After it cools off, it looks like this:


Nice and crumbly.  All you have to do is crush it…


Just crumble all the big pieces until you have a fine powder, and then continue on with your laundry detergent recipe.

soap3The recipe I use is 1 bar of soap (Fels-Naptha or Ivory), 1 cup of Borax, and 1 cup of Washing Soda.

Easy Peasy.  I cannot tell you how much this made my day.  It’s the little things, people!


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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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