Sunday, January 23, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent-Saturday Morning Project

Well, the weekend is just about over. I hope you all had a good one. Friday night with Terry O was great! I came home completely inspired to get busy. So, I have a couple of projects started and one that I started and finished. It was really easy! And I love me an easy project!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have actually been wanting to make it for quite sometime, but I was over perusing The Beehive Cottage and Maryjane just finished a batch. So I thought that I would finally give it a go. I love her blog. She has so many great ideas and crafts. You should go see.
Here is the recipe:
  • 3 bars Fels Naptha Bar Soap - each bar is 5 1/2 oz.
  • 4lbs Borax
  • 4lbs Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 4lbs Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Mix and store in an air tight container
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar for fabric softener

I mixed it in a kitchen garbage bag and then put that in my laundry tin. I trimmed the top so that it wasn't so long and I just roll it down and clip it. Seems to work just fine. I also grated the bar soap by hand so I wore gloves. Not sure that you need them, but the soap is pretty strong.

I use my scoop from my protein shake mix. Just to show you how little it takes... 2 tablespoons per load.

I did 5 loads of laundry yesterday... Jeans, Whites, Colors, and Towels ... I love this stuff! Low sudsing, no phosphates, no dyes and lowcost! I got everything from Fry's (the rest of the world knows them as Kroger's) and for less than $20.00. And really... if I would have been more patient, I could have shopped the ingredients and gotten it all for much less.

My husband has very sensitive skin and a sensitive sniffer. He gave it 2 thumbs up!

I also recommend the white vinegar fabric softener. It really is a wonderful idea. It disinfects your clothes AND it helps prevent soap build up in your machine. It really does work and the smell is clean! You remember that fragrance, right?


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a great idea. I love it. I need to give it a try, sounds like it makes a ton. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love MaryJane's blog. You sound like you got inspired. We won't even get into the "conversation" that happened here Friday night when NO ONE could get home in time for me to go. I am still pouting. But I am glad you had a good time.

Oliva Ohlson said...

I am so glad to know that it works. I'm going to definitely try it. My Hubs also has sensitive skin, and I have a very sensitive to strong smells. If you ever come across a recipe for dishwashing detergent, please let me know.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Liz I am thrilled you gave it a try! You will be hooked and not want to ever buy store bought again! I LOVE your LAUNDRY tin! Great write up and thanks for the mention! :)


Unknown said...

Sounds simple enough....think i'll give it a try! My mom swears by vinegar EVERYTHING! I use it sometimes too, especially in the microwave...just heat 1/2 cup up for about 3 mins and anything you thought was stuck on for life just wipes right off.
Thanks for the post and have a great week

Karen said...

Now this is something I would not have considered. Hmmmmm....
Doesn't the vinegar make your clothes smell vinegary?
(is that a word?) I'd probably come out smelling like a salad.
I am going to have to think about this. I think it might solve the problem Justin has with his sheets.
I have never heard of 1/2 of this stuff ... and we don't have Kroger's here - at least none that I am aware of.
I'm going to go check out Mary Jane's blog too.
Well aren't you just the INSPIRING ONE! HOMEMADE SOAP! WHO KNEW?
putting on my thinking cap... can you hear the wheels spinning?
:) Have a great day! Karen

Lisa said...

I'll have you know I bought the pink Zote soap months ago with the intent to make this very detergent. What's the saying about good intentions? LOL! You have shamed me into action. I'm making it this weekend!

What I Say Matters! said...

Wow! This is so much easier than the recipe I used before. I was boiling and mixing things all around before!! I think I will be doing this ASAP!! I just ran out!


April D said...

I make my own too! I make a "wet" detergent, though--however the proportions/ingredients are the same.
It is SO much easier to grate the soap if you have a Kitchenaid mixer grater attachment!
It IS fun when you do it yourself, isn't it?

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Thanks for the recipe. Honestly, I am a bit chicken to try things like this out. How did the whites turn out? Maybe I will hunker down and make up some.


Sunny Simple Life said...

You can also use Zote bar soap to grate and I get it at the 99 cents store 3 for .99. Can't beat that.