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Homemade laundry soap

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is 4 am and I have not tried this soap yet, but in a couple hours I will ... I merely typed in homemade laundry soap in the browser and it is the first recipe.
I have not made the fabric softener yet,, more on that later, but I will post it now.

Laundry Soap Recipe

1 bar soap, grated (Dr. Bronners, Fels Naptha, Ivory, Pure & Natural) I used Ivory.
1c Borax
1c washing soda
Thoroughly stir together for five minutes. Use 1T per load. If heavily soiled, use 2T per load.
Yield: 32-64 loads, depending on how much product is used per load.

I initially tried to grate the Ivory in my super-duper blender/smoothie maker,, gooey mess!! I just went to the website and somebody there put the powders in the blender WITH the soap.. Another person FROZE the Ivory before grating by hand. I will try that next.

This is the recipe for the fabric softener.


6c hot water
3c WHITE vinegar
2c hair conditioner ( I use about one full bottle of Suave)

Mix water, vinegar, and hair conditioner in one-gallon container. DO NOT substitute cider vinegar for the white or you will have dingy clothes. Never use this with bleach!! It will cause TOXIC fumes! STIR. DO NOT SHAKE!!!
Use about 1/4 cup per load. I saved a cap from a softener bottle and marked it with permanent marker. I used the vinegar bottle to store it , as this has a flip cap, but you can use whatever is best for you.

Just think of how many fillers the companies put in their product when ONE OUNCE (1T) will do a whole load!
I will blog more tomorrow about the results of my first load of laundry with this..

Okay, it is 1 pm, just took my clothes out of the dryer They are clean, fresh, no problems.. We do not have heavily soiled clothing, so I used one tablespoon,, I did use Downy,, I will use that until it is gone them make my softener..
Basically what I did was make two batches and I stored it in one of the re-sealable bags that those All little pillow pouch detergents comes in,, I got those free with a coupon awhile back so used the bag. It is small enough to handle and I keep my scoop right in the bag.

If you go to the website, they have a recipe for DISHWASHER SOAP TOO, BUT I DID NOT CHECK IT OUT, yet..
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    Very interesting. I too have never heard of washing soda. I gather it is a dry ingredient. emoticon
    1636 days ago
    I can see me making the laundry soup. Sounds like fun. But no fabric softener lease. I cut the sheets into 1/4 and use that. My body reacts to that kind of stuff.
    1636 days ago
    What's washing soda ? - I do use the vinegar solution - then hang on the line just love it !! Karen
    1637 days ago
  • YMWONG22
    Very interesting and useful blog. I think I might try them later. Thanks.
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    1637 days ago
    I just might try the fabric softenere. That sounds interesting.
    1637 days ago
    Interesting blog!
    1637 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon SO much! I am going to try this after I get all the ingredients! Again, thank you!
    1637 days ago
    I've used the laundry powder you have described and love it! I am currently using the liquid version where you boil it all up but I'm finding it really difficult to use for numerous reasons. Will revert back to the uncooked grated/mixed kind you have described. What I have also done in the past for many months at a time when I didn't have any made up was that I had an old cutting board permanently on top of the washing machine with a grater and bar of soap. When I wanted to wash I'd then grate some soap on the spot and add each of the other ingredients using a spoon along with the grated soap straight into the machine soap dispenser. That is the lazy way to do it, but I loved that. I think I'll do that again actually as that worked for my personality.
    1637 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/29/2013 5:14:13 AM
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