Recycled Laundry Detergent

Ever wonder what happens to the bars of hotel soap that you only use a few times? In Victoria B.C. Canada, and the Lower Mainland around Vancouver B.C., they are being collected, dried, powered, and turned in to laundry detergent (Buffalo Laundry Soap) by mixing it with borax and washing soda (two environmentally friendly disinfecting and water conditioning agents)!

According to the manufacturer of Buffalo Laundry Soap, there is little difference in the consistency of soaps. Most hand soaps are made of saponified palm or canola oil. They usually only differ in scent, colour, how they are milled, and air content. Therefore, mixing different soaps together is not a problem.

Users of the recycled soap have said that there is less soap suds produced and that it works as effectively as regular laundry detergent.

Where can you get this laundry soap?

They are available at Thrifty’s and through Small Potatoes Organic Delivery (SPUD) Other grocery stores may also carry this product.


Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

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emilycat, posted on August 11, 2011

I've started making my own laundry soap with these ingredients as well. I picked up a bag of 'soap slivers' from a garage sale and grated them into some boiling water to dissolve. After it's turned into a foamy gel I remove it from heat, add borax and washing soda, then pour into an empty detergent container. It's best to shake it up a bit then leave it uncapped for 24 hours before using. Works great every time, especially with Vancouver's soft water!

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