Homemade Holidays – Laundry Love

By Holly Giles | Family

Our tradition of gift giving is from the heart. Or in lay men’s terms,
homemade.  There are many beautiful things I would love to buy for
my family and friends, however, my budget is tight. I hope teaching my
 boys to be creative and thoughtful with handmade items will show them
the true value of a gift.

I have had the supplies to make my own laundry soap for about a year. 
I know, that kinda defeats the purpose in saving money by making your own if you
 just put it up in a closet! I kept getting good deals on the soap I use so I kept moving
that experiment to the bottom of the list.

To push myself to give this a try I thought maybe we could give some away as gifts
this year. Does laundry soap make a good gift? It could send a wrong message
 Well, we needed more science going on so I enlisted Cowboy to do the recipe.
 I counted it as history and science. 

We took all the ingredients outside as to not worry about a mess. Like a little
 soap flakes mixed in with the sand on my floor would make a difference!

Going outside brought out the curious hens.  These two always have to have
 their beak in the action. Violet and Talulla, laundry soap makers.

Grating the soap seemed quite tedious and it took Cowboy awhile to get the 
amount needed for the recipe.  Yet the hens were no help at all!

The recipe we used called for 5 gallons but I made half of that.
 Our recipe was:

1/4 bar of grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup of Borax
1/2 Cup of Washing Soda

We melted in a large stock pot with 2 cups of water. We added
2 gallons of hot tap water to that and stirred.  We left it overnight,
stirred and then poured it up into two-gallon leftover water jugs.

Mason jars, spaghetti sauce jars, and mayonnaise jars are great
to fill up and give as a gift.  Below I used a mayonnaise jar and
a white plastic mason jar lid.  I added festive ribbon, a measuring
cup from the dollar store for 1/3 cup, which was the measurement
from my original recipe. The finishing touch was the chalkboard
hang tag.  The perfect gift of practicality!

 I think I would not mind trying a powder recipe instead of liquid.  There are so
 many recipes out there, you can decide what works for you.  I found two ladies
who had simple recipes and a cute presentation.

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