St. Clare Bazaar committee makes homemade laundry soap to benefit Berea Food Bank

The St. Clare Bazaar group  recently began providing the Berea Food Bank with containers of homemade laundry soap which can be given out to  Food Bank customers along with their food items.  This soap costs pennies to make, is very effective, Earth friendly, non allergenic and many of us who have tried it now use it exclusively. The recipe is as follows:

1/2 bar of Fels naptha soap – grated
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/4 cup Borax
1 empty 2 1/2 gallon pail

Grate the Fels naptha soap into a saucepan.  Add 4 cups hot water.  Heat over the stove until soap is melted. Add washing soda and borax and stir.  Fill pail with hot water, allowing space for contents of saucepan.  Add contents of saucepan to pail of hot water.  Stir.  Let it sit overnight before using. Stir well again, as it will start to gel after sitting overnight. For regular washing machine, use 1/2 cup of detergent.  For high efficiency washing machine, use 1/6 cup of detergent.

This process takes less than an hour (we made a quadruple batch in 45 minutes recently) and we hope to provide the Food Bank with a supply of the detergent on a monthly basis.

This is an easy, fun way to contribute to the Food Bank and anyone interested in taking part in this project can contact Pat Hickey.

One Comment

  1. Donna

    What a cool idea! Jessica and I make our own fabric softener, too. Use 6 cups warm water, 3 cups white vinegar and 2 cups of any cheap hair conditioner. Mix everything together gently so you don’t create any bubbles and store it in any large bottle. We use about 1/4 cup per load.

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