April 25, 2011

homemade laundry soap...

last summer i changed pee soaked sheets everyday for 21 days.
sometimes i also had to wash a quilt too.
as you can imagine,
you go through a lot of laundry soap doing that every.dang.day.
i have always used tide.
my mom used tide and i used tide.
with bleach or biz for whites.
i had seen (or saw? i can never figure that one out.) 
lots of people online that made their own soap and it was cheap.
my niece had also started making her own and i trust her.
so i thought, what the heck?
i have been making it ever since.
it takes a little planning ahead so there has been a couple of times
i have bought it in a pinch.
it's also not easy to find all the ingredients sometimes.
i have found them all at ridley's and they always have them.
walmart is hit and miss, imagine that.
i had to make some powder today because it's piling up and
i have to get it done today.
the big guy is getting anxious about it piling up.
but today i'll just give you the liquid recipe i like the best.
i'll let you know how the powder adds up.

liquid laundry detergent

Hot water

1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)
  • In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
  • In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
  • Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

there is a great website here that gives you lots of different recipes
and has a great faq section.
we just bought a five-gallon bucket from home depot
and dave found a screw-on bucket lid at walmart.
it isn't my favorite way to store it.
i bought a water dispenser for the fridge and used
it for the first two batches but it didn't hold up very well.
i liked it because it was small and i could shake it up really easily.
you definately want to shake it up before each use.
i wish i would have found out about this when the little one
was a baby because she was allergic to everything scented
and the detergent for her was expensive.
i'm pretty sure i could have used this because it has no scent.
which is a really hard thing to get used to but you can add
essential oils if you want to.
oh and sometimes i add oxi-clean or a little extra washing soda
to the whites...they don't get quite as bright as i'd like.

so, there you go, i am one of those weird ladies who makes
their own laundry detergent...
and i make my own dishwasher detergent too.
sooo cheap.
i'll share that later or you can google it!

ciao for now!


Mel said...

You are so resourceful. I think I may try the detergent someday. I can't bring myself to do it yet - or make hand made baby wipes, but I am sure they are very good too.

I did give up TIDE a few years back, replaced it w/ the knock off Kirkland brand, but I should have stock in BIZ because I go through it like CRAZY - 2 girls & a baby on the way. I haven't found a stain it can't cure.

Keep up the good work!

bri said...

is there anything you don't do? i am going to learn so much from you. i can tell already. yay!

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