Two batches of DIY Laundry Powder

Loads of Fun

July 12, 2012 , In: Home Keeping , With: 4 Comments

Note of Caution – Update August 2013: I found out the hard way that some knits of less than wonderful quality do not respond well to the homemade soap.  After finding a couple of knit shirts that looked like the losing side of a laser pointer war, I did some research and found that there are some fabrics (of the less that stellar quality – from both high end and low end retail stores) that do not stand up to the Borax in homemade laundry soap.  I have decided to save this cost-cutting product for linens, towels, and other sturdy fabrics.


Hello from the laundry room.  It’s time to get all of that dirt and grass stains out of the garden clothes.  I confessed a while ago that I secretly love the scent of line-dried clothes and ironing.  I also love the smell of laundry soaps from my childhood and none of the froo-froo scents today do the trick.

Then I discovered DIY Laundry Soap!

Could it be?
Is it really that easy?
It is!!

My Stampin’ Up friend Hope gave me the big, ole Puppy Eyes and asked for a batch of soap powder the next time I whipped it up.  Wait till you see what happened when Fingers in the Dirt style Laundry Powder meets a stamped silver spoon.

psst….Hope, quit reading now if you want to be surprised when you get home from work…

First the Soap

This 1/2 gallon canning jar with a plastic lid swapped out for the metal canning lid is perfect for two batches of soap.

I have my favorite combination of ingredients that I found online.  There are many variations, but I like to keep it simple, then add extra stain removers only when necessary.

The beauty of the DIY soaps is that the ingredients are simple and they do a fabulous job.

No need for fabric softeners unless you feel you need one.  I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle  every once in awhile and that gets any lingering soap residue out of the laundry.

Now The Spoon

On my birthday antique store scavenger hunt with my daughter, we picked up several soup spoons. These turned out to be the exact measurement (1 tablespoon) for a load in a High Efficiency washer; 2 scoops are perfect for a top-loading machine.

A little stamping action with Mr. Hensongs and we have the perfect laundry soap scoop!

Put Them Together…

Isn’t this cute and practical all rolled into one?!

Do you love the bee tile on our back splash as much as I do?  It’s almost time for grout – I’ll post a picture of the completed project soon.

There’s plenty of room in the jar for the spoon and the instructions are on the back of the label.  The canning jar is the perfect size for a laundry room shelf.  Mission accomplished!

  1. Great idea – and you’re a spoon stamping mad woman!

      • Linda
      • July 18, 2012

      You’re my stampin’ mentor, Kelly 🙂

  2. Well done, lady! Don’t you just LOVE home made detergent!? I have a ginormous container of it on my shelf. Of course, I need a step stool to reach it! I LOVE the spoon! Now, I’m gonna have to get some cool stamping tools and spoons. I KNEW that I should have “lifted” the ones from the craft room at the “big house”. xo, Kimberly

      • Linda
      • July 18, 2012

      Kimberly – I so agree. Make sure you get the soup spoons to stamp. Those are the ones that are the perfect measurement

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