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Does anyone know if it's possible to make laundry soap that smells as good as the expensive stuff made with febreeze? I just can't see spending between $8-$12 per jug. clothesline

 

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I make our laundry soap and its really simple:

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda

1 bar of Ivory soap grated

Use 1-2 Tbsp. per load.

 

The original recipe uses Fels Naptha soap but I like Ivory better. I've been using this since I was pregnant with DS and even with sensitive newborn skin this never affected him.

 

For fabric softener, I put 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar in a downy ball. The clothes come out soft and smell great with the homemade detergent. It costs me maybe $30 year.

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Oh here's the site I use to buy the washing soda: www.soapsgonebuy.com

 

Arm & Hammer Washing soda there is $4.95 box.

 

The borax is about $2.84 a box at Walmart and the Ivory soap about $4.50 for a pack of 12 at Walmart.

 

Also if you want a scent to the clothes other than the Ivory, I put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a washcloth or small scrap of fabric and toss in the dryer. The clothes come out smelling like whatever scent I tossed in.

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10 more recipes

 

http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap...ergent-recipes/

 

Here is a nice stack of different homemade laundry detergent recipes I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them.

 

At the time I was using homemade detergent, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes cleaned up nice!

 

Making your own laundry detergent is a discipline and it’s not for everyone. But it definitely saves money.

 

Tips:

 

For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.

 

Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

 

Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy.

 

Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different–some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs.

 

You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed–shake before use.

 

Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil–that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it–just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap and hot water.

 

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

 

Recipe #1

 

1 quart Water (boiling)

2 cups Bar soap (grated)

2 cups Borax

2 cups Washing Soda

 

* Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.

* Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.

* Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

* Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

 

Recipe #2

 

Hot water

1 cup Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1 Soap bar

 

* Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

* Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.

* Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

 

Recipe #3

 

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).

 

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #4

 

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated - you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)

1 cup Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

 

* Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.

* Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

 

Recipe #5

 

Hot water

1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap - grated

1 cup Washing Soda

 

* In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.

* Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.

* Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.

* Set aside to cool.

* Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)

 

Recipe #6

 

2.5 gallons Water (hot)

1 Bar soap (grated)

3/4 cup Washing Soda

3/4 cup Borax

2 TBS Glycerin

 

* Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.

* In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.

* Use 1/2 cup per full load.

 

Recipe #7

 

2 cups Bar soap (grated)

2 cups Washing Soda

2 - 2.5 gallons hot water

 

* Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.

* Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.

* Use 1 cup per full load.

 

Recipe #8

 

2 gallons Water (hot)

1 bar Soap (grated)

2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

 

* Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.

* In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.

* Then add the baking soda, stir well again.

* Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

 

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #9

 

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com12 cups Borax

8 cups Baking Soda

8 cups Washing Soda

8 cups Bar soap (grated)

 

* Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.

* Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

 

Recipe #10 - (Powdered)

 

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com1 cup Vinegar (white)

1 cup Baking Soda

1 cup Washing Soda

1/4 cup liquid castile soap

 

* Mix well and store in sealed container.

* I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding).

 

Liquid Detergents Note:

 

Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

 

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

 

Optional:

 

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

 

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

 

*Admin Update: clarified instructions for Recipe #10 and liquid detergent notes.

 

 

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Originally Posted By: michelle
I make our laundry soap and its really simple:
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
1 bar of Ivory soap grated
Use 1-2 Tbsp. per load.

The original recipe uses Fels Naptha soap but I like Ivory better. I've been using this since I was pregnant with DS and even with sensitive newborn skin this never affected him.



to this I add.. 1 cup Biz and 1 cup Oxiclean

my husband.. he gets really filthy! which is more then just dirty.

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Westie,

 

So in Recipe #6, what does the glycerin do?

 

smile

 

Also, I've started adding OxiClean to my wash. It seems to keep the whites brighter than clorox.

 

One more thing - I found Zote here at Target. I had 2 or 3 in my hand and couldn't stand the SMELL. My DH said it smelled like cheap toilet cakes - the kind they used at his work in the engineer's bathrooms. Needless to say, we didn't get it.

 

I personally didn't care for Ivory....It appears we are a Fels Naptha family now...it's readily available and cheap!

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recipe #6... beats me!

 

 

this is the one i use ....

 

Powdered Laundry Detergent

 

1 bar Zote or fels naptha or ivory.. what ever is handy

1 cup Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

1 cup oxiclean

1 cup Biz

 

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.

Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

 

 

I use a Wonder Shredder .. there are 3, LARGE, Medium, small. This is the small one I used to grate the soap. I know the photo won't last long since it is ebay..which is where you find them

 

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Hey thanks for posting those recipes.

 

One thing about this stuff in the liquid recipes for the laundry soap is there is no reason one cannot also use it for washing their hair either if they do not have shampoo to use.

Maybe the ones with glycerin would be nicer, but if things got radical, the recipes above that don't include it, would clean one's hair.

 

I really need to read my all natural recipes book ( something like a thousand recipes for cleaners and such in it. )

 

I would not use a recipe that had biz in it though, that could make for a bad irritation to the eyes if it got in them though!

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Just a note - the borax can irritate skin and hair.

 

Also, some of the natural castille soaps can dry some types of hair and strip some colors. So can shampoos with plant

acids or fruit essences.

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Westie - methinks you've probably done A LOT that many haven't. So did you lick the borax crystal or actually chew it and swallow it?

 

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Violet,

 

 

Yep, the fruit acids do strip hair color. The Jason brand is particularly bad about it.

 

You could use the shampoo for a thick shaving gel....it would be SURE to get those legs and underarms extra clean!

 

rofl

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Westie ate the snakes ?? Yicky !! I am afraid of snakes. If I would see one you all could hear me screamin' clear to your place !

Even if I get really hungry, I still am not sure I could eat a snake. Snake snacks.... oooh. Snake on a stick. Snake steaks. I just can't stand the thought of it !!! I may throw up.

I hope I can always find something else to eat.

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