Yes, I jumped on the homemade laundry soap bandwagon. About 2 years ago my fabulous sister-in-law, Angie, gave me a recipe. It is easy, cheap, and lasts a super long time. (I may have made 3 full recipes in the last two years?) It is even gentle enough to wash baby clothes and doesn’t have a strong smell. My husband has an allergy to strong scents, so this soap is perfect.
My laundry soap jar pictured with all the ingredients. I only made half the recipe in this picture. I didn’t have enough Washing Soda.
So here it is:
- 6 cups Borax
- 6 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1 1/2 bars Ivory soap, grated (I use the small holes)
Mix all together and use 1 tablespoon per load. (On really dirty loads I will use just a little more.)
I did the math and found out there are 16 tablespoons in a cup, so with 12 cups of detergent that comes to 192 tablespoons, or 192 loads. It is actually a little more than that because I didn’t include the Ivory in the calculation. If I were to measure that, I would have over 200 loads per recipe.
It probably costs me around $10 for all the ingredients and I don’t use all of it for one recipe. I always have some left over.
My hubby is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Fortunately, from time to time, he doesn’t mind indulging in a little pasta. One of my favorites is fettucini chicken alfredo. Thanks to the sauce, my hubby really likes it as well. I received this recipe from a co-worker in Tampa, Florida. I was amazed at how easy it is. (you can also substitute sharp cheddar cheese for the parmesan and make a yummy cheese sauce for things like broccoli.)
Fettucini alfredo with garlic bread
- 2 T. butter
- 2 T. flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or Italian cheese blend)
- 1/4 t. salt
- garlic salt to taste
Melt butter over low heat. Blend in flour and salt. Add milk all at once. Whisk constantly until thickened. Add parmesan and stir until melted. Add garlic to taste. (If mixture is too thick, add a little milk until desired consistency is achieved.)
We serve this over fettucini noodles and grilled chicken (I use Italian seasoning on the chicken.) Of course, don’t forget the garlic bread! Buon Appetito!