Our Poly Life

Our life as a Polyamorous Quad, with 10 kids.

Frugal Friday

on November 15, 2008

We decided to once again pass on WTF Friday in place of Frugal Friday becasue we wanted to update everyone on our laundry soap recipe.

After a week of using the soap exculsivly and vinegar as fabric softener we are beyond happy to report to success of our experiement.

The white clothes are amazingly bright. The Colors are clear and crisp. The stains don’t stand a chance. The laundry smells AMAZING and clean. And the softness is so far beyond what you get with Downy or any of the other commercial softeners. As an added bonus towels are soft with the added benefit of being “thirsty”. There is nothing worse than a soft towel after bath that doesn’t dry the water on your body.

There are a few comments we have.

  • So far we have yet to need the peroxide as a laundry booster…. this soap is wonderful on it’s own. If you have nasty whites, like boys socks, soak them in a cup of borax and washing tub of water overnight.
  • We found a wonderful fragrance oil at Wal-Mart… a 2 oz bottle for 1.97 made by Elegant Expressions on the candle isle by the incense. One full bottle to the gallon jug of vinegar adds a pleasant scent.
  • When you take the clothes from the washer you will smell a bit of vinegar, but it completely dissapates in the dryer.
  • We bought a brand new 5 gallon bucket with lid from Lowes to make and store the detergent in…. and a clear acrylic 1 cup measuring cup with a handle to scoop the detergent with.
  • Rather than Fels Naptha, a lot of people are having success with Dr. Bronners Castile Soaps, these are truly organic. They average about $4.20 a bar, so it will raise the cost per load slightly.

Using the math from the calculations of our blog last Friday and adding in the fragrance oil our cost per load is $.29, down from $.66. We are not only pleased with out savings but in the quality of our laundry and the fact that we are doing a small part in helping the environment.





Borax (also known as sodium borate decahydrate; sodium pyroborate; birax; sodium tetraborate decahydrate; sodium biborate) is a natural mineral compound (Na2B4O7 • 10H2O). It was discovered over 4000 years ago. Borax is usually found deep within the ground, although it has been mined near the surface in Death Valley, California since the 1800s. Can be an irritent on the skin in large concentrations and should not be inhaled in powdered form.

Washing Soda

Also known as sal soda, soda, soda ash and sodium carbonate, it was first created in the laboratory by Nicholas Leblanc a prominent French chemist in the late 18th century. It is made from common salt and limestone. It does occur naturally. The Egyptians used a naturally occurring compound rich in washing soda to mummify the dead. There are also large natural deposits of it in Wyoming, near the Green River.  It is very safe for the environment, breaking down easily and causing no problems.Can be an irritent on the skin in large concentrations and should not be inhaled in powdered form.

Fels Naptha Soap

This product is anticipated to be safe for the environment at concentrations predicted in household settings under normal use conditions. No toxicity information is available for the hazardous ingredient(s).


3 responses to “Frugal Friday

  1. Do you have a front-loader, or top-loader?

  2. Temptress says:

    We have a top loader… and we have been assured by other soap makers that this recipe works just as well in front loaders and in the new HE
    ( high efficiency) machines.

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