Blame the cute mason jar in the photo, but I really wanted to make my own homemade laundry soap once I came across the concept on Pinterest.
I modified the recipe a bit, so below is my version, as well as links to all products involved, as well as the link to the original post at Budget101.com.
Zote Laundry Soap Bar – Pink 7oz (1 7oz bar)
Borax Laundry Booster, 76 oz Box (1 cup)
Water (5 cups)
A basic blender.
1. Cut the Zote bar in half. Half will be for each jar. Chop it up into small pieces. Zote will crush easily.
2. Microwave 1.5 cups of water in each mason jar for 2-3 minutes, until very hot or boiling.
3. Pour half of each crumbled Zote bar into each mason jar with the water. Cover and let sit overnight. It will create a solid pink gel.
4. The next day, or whenever you get to it, take a knife and cut a criss-cross pattern into the gel to loosen it for blending.
5. Pour a 1/2 cup of borax and a 1/2 cup of washing soda into each jar.
6. Microwave 2 cups of water for 2-3 minutes, until very hot or boiling. Pour half into each mason jar.
7. Dismantle the base of your blender pitcher. The black screw portion, the gasket, and the blade itself are what you will need. Affix the gasket and blade to your jar, then attach the black screw portion, and blend the mixture until it’s mixed. It’ll take about 25 seconds and will be the consistency of mayonnaise.
That’s it! To use, scoop 1 tablespoon out and drop directly into the washing machine with the water (hot or cold). I will likely tie a plastic tablespoon to the neck of the jar with a piece of yarn for ease of use.
Warning: When you use the soap, do not put it into the little soap compartment- it will clog it. The tablespoon measurement is good for high efficiency or regular washing machines. Store it with the lid on. It will solidify more over time, but will not dry out as long as it is properly lidded.
Not only is this recipe spectacularly easy, it lasts forever and is exceptionally cheap. The cost per load is under a dollar. The links I’ve provided for purchase are for the exact products I used and are provided via Amazon, though you may likely find better deals at your local grocery store or Target.