In the making of this post, I managed to break my food processor, burn my finger, run out of computer ink AND make a mess all over my dining room table.BUT if by chance you’re operating on 6-8 hours of sleep because YOUR child DID NOT decided that 4 am was a great time to practice her “carton wheels”, then you SHOULD be able to easily make 20 jars of very affordable Laundry Soap in about 30 minutes! It’s a no-brainer homemade Christmas gift that is perfect for teachers, friends and neighbors!
Here’s the simple 5 Step Process:
You’ll need the following items from Walmart and Kroger (or Amazon if you prefer).
1 container of Gain Fireworks
1 Tub of OxiClean
1 Box of Borax
1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3 bars of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. I found them for $3.97 at Kroger. That seemed to be the best price. Even better than the Dr. Bronner’s website! I am in love the lavender scent, but they have a peppermint that might be fun for Christmas.
Pretty Containers I stumbled upon these pretties in the kitchen/housewares department at Walmart and thought they would be perfect for this project! This recipe makes approximately twenty 8 oz jars.Your Choice of Ribbon I went with a thick red and white grosgrain, narrow lime and white polka dot ribbon and twine.
Okay, you can either get your arm workout in for the day by hand-grating with a traditional cheese grater, or you can use the grating feature on your food processor. Do NOT however, just toss the bars into your food processor and hope they chop up nicely…let’s say there could be possibly be a explosion resulting in plastic and metal pieces flying all over your kitchen.
ALSO, do not think it’s the food processor’s fault and then put the bars of soap in your nice smoothie maker because it will overwork the motor causing the entire blender to warm up and melt the soap.
Repeat after me: I will use a cheese grater or the grater blade. Okay. Next.
I went ahead and just grabbed some craft paper and cut out circles to fit the top and hand wrote the little note that I was really jazzed about. “May Your Days Be Merry & Your Laundry Be Bright”. Insert gushy heart-eyed emoji!!
Don’t forget to note that a little goes a long way. You only need to use 2 Tablespoons per load!
Are you creating any good neighbor, teacher or friend gifts? I’d love to hear about them! If you like this post, you might enjoy the other ideas from a few new blogging friends who are joining me on this “Gifts From the Heart: Christmas Blog Hop” today! Visit their sites for other great ideas that are all $5 or less!