I know lots of folks here make their own laundry soap and Pinterest is full of recipes for cleaning products so I decided to get on board.
I have always bought the cheapest brand of laundry detergent -- I live alone and my laundry is not "hard core" cleaning -- so the cheap stuff worked satisfactorily.
I already had on hand a half box of borax. I bought a box of washing soda and a bar of Zote. I bought the Zote because it was a double bar for 99 cents vs. a single bar of Fels for $.99.
I also had on hand about 3 cups of old laundry detergent (brand unknown) and a cup of old Baking Soda (11/10) -- so I threw those into the mix too. Might not help but I figured they wouldn't hurt anything.
I started grating the Zote and throwing it into the dry ingredients but I felt uneasy that the grated soap was not fine enough. So I got out my old blender (which from now on will be used only for soap grinding), put some dry blend into the container then a cup or two of the grated Zote and blended. Much better.
I did one final step -- I sifted everything into another large container and what was left in the sifter was blended once more.
I now have 15 cups of lovely, smooth, pink laundry detergent -- probably enough to do 65 or more loads. Estimate 10 cents a load or less.This message has been edited. Last edited by: MyLifeVacation1,
That is great! Is it supposed to be hypo-allergenic? I am anxious to see how you like it!
I don't have any soap allergies, but from what I have read, you can use just about any bath bar soap (except Dove) in the making of the detergent. Like Castile's or Ivory.
I was anxious to try it myself so did a small load of white towels. They felt rough while folding -- then I figured out it was actually my hands that were dry and rough -- I assume from handling the dry ingredients this morning.
In that load I used a 1/4 cup. I have a small load of colors in now and used 1/8 cup. That reminds me to go put them in the dryer now.
Thank you for your reply. I wonder why you are not to use Dove. That is the brand that my dermatologist told me to use. As you said before, it may be difficult to really know how well it cleans since you do not have grimy , greasy, clothing.
Here's just one quote from a lot of the recipes I have read:
"1 cup grated bar soap (1-2 bars) (Choose a non-toxic, real bar soap. Do not use a “beauty bar” like Dove or a clear glycerine soap! We use both Kirk’s Castile and Grandma’s Lye soaps for laundry. Omit for cloth diapers.)"
Here's another quote from Mother Nature Network:
"Sarah Jan 24 2013 at 5:24 PM
No, don't use Dove or other moisturizing bar soap. The moisturizers screw up the percentages and you don't get the right end result. Stick with actual SOAP soap, like Dial, Ivory, etc."
Thanks again for your responses. I guess that it has more to do with the "interactions" with other ingredients rather than it's reaction to my skin!!
It is so hard to know the best things to do/use. I admire your adventuresome nature!
Thanks for sharing your instructions. They seem more simpler than the ones needing water added. I would like to try making yours.
I use borax powder and washing soda in our general laundry.
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This batch I made will last me at least until September but next time I plan to take a different approach. Several times now I have read that borax is really only effective in the liquid detergent and hot water so I am going to leave it out the next time. I figure I can always add it back in if I find I've made a mistake.
Today I was reading this blog:
and she made a lot of sense to me. Here's what she uses:
Gosh, I so admire you guys. Not sure if I'd ever have the umph or whatever it is to make my own laundry detergent.
Well, it's admirable to make your own laundry detergent, and pink is so cute, but I'm too darn lazy to even fuss around with it and I'm not going back to scrubbing the clothes on the rocks down by the river either.
I'm all about frugality, so this honestly looks tempting.
But, I have hard water. I remember decades ago hearing that "soap" is what causes nasty, gray dinginess when used in hard water. The soap combines with the minerals in the water to form curds that deposit on the fabric fibers. That's why "detergent" was invented. It keeps the soap/hard water minerals suspended in the rinse water and from clinging to the fibers.
If you eventually see a gray cast to your clothes, it will probably be due to your homemade, soap-based cleaner. But if it continues to work well, so much the better! I hope it will!
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