O.K., alot of you already know, we make our own laundry soap.
ALL of the ingredients can be found at Publix in the laundry aisle.
Works out around .02 cents a load! We have used this for years! For your whites, you still want to wash in hot water and add bleach.This is also great for sensitive skin and babies! (what it was originally created for)
This is the amount you want to use!!!!!
1 - 5 gallon bucket with lid (anything to cover it with, we use a garbage bag!)
1/2 bar fels napatha soap, grate with a cheese grater, put in med. size saucepan, add about 4 cups water,heat on stove until soap is dissolved MAKE SURE IT IS DISSOLVED COMPLETLY!! YOU WILL HAVE TO WATCH THIS, MAKE SURE IS DOES NOT BOIL OVER!Put the melted soap in your 5 gallon bucket and add
1/2 c arm and hammer SUPER WASHING SODA (not baking soda)
1/4 ---1/2 c borax I have used 1/2 c before seems to get whites whiter
Stir together real well. Then fill your bucket only 1/2 way with HOT WATER!!! STIR REALLY GOOD!
It will be liquidy (IS THIS A WORD??)
Cover and let sit over night.
The next morning CHECK IT OUT!!! IT HAS TURNED Solidy, GELLY (don't ya'll love my adj.!)
Stir (we use a broke broom handle or a yard stick) FILL TO THE TOP WITH HOT WATER, YOU ARE NOW DILUTED AND READY TO WASH!
1 Cup per load (if top load)
1/4 cup per load if HE (Front load, I DREAM of getting one of these!)
I will then take an empty detergent bottle and fill it up from my bucket (it makes it easier to "measure" out, and the kids can help do the wash,they used to use the excuse "BUT WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT KIND OF SOAP"
Well, NO MORE MY DEAR KIDDIES, go throw in a load!
Speaking of....I HAVE A TON TO WASH!!
MAKE SURE TO "SHAKE WELL" BEFORE EACH LOAD, AND STIR YOUR BUCKET BEFORE REFILLING YOUR BOTTLE!!!!!!
Here is a video that gives you kind of an idea of how to do it:
in the video she is using 1/4 c BUT SHE HAS A HE (front load washer)
HER directions given are for the full 10 gallons once diluted (it still fits in a 5 gallon bucket, but you have to dilute every time you need to refill your bottle), this was too much of a hassle to me, I am looking for another bucket though and will start making it double!
I do a half recipe fill half way with water, the next day fill to the top with water and I am good to go. It will be ready to just fill my container straight from the bucket. It is real easy!
Wendy killed me wanting to know if I wound up in the back yard with a fire going and a pot over it!!! NO WAY TO EASY FOR THAT!
It seriously only takes maybe 15 min. to do and last about 2-3 months
Here is a good one for you though
Thanks to the ladies who did the videos!
Our house has not "caught" up with this technology yet!!
Also fabric softener:
here is the "recipe" for the fabric softener It is REALLY GOOD and SUPER EASY
NO " COOKING" required!
2 cups hair conditioner (what ever you use, it will be that scent,make sure you like the smell) I used some free/cheap Suave we had, I just used a 15 oz. bottle
3 cups vinegar
6 cups water
Mix together well in a air tight container, I used an old ice cream bucket. Use as you would fabric softener, 1/4 to 1/2 cup or put in your "Downy" ball if you have one.
Also you can cut a sponge in half and drop down in the bucket, leave in until ready to use, when ready to DRY your clothes, wring out one and pop in like a dryer sheet,if you use as "dryer sheets" IT WILL LAST FOREVER
We tried both ways, both worked great, we ALWAYS experiment before we tell any one else to try something!