Archive for September 9th, 2010

As I am running low on laundry soap I decided today to mix up a new batch.  These are the recipes I personally use.  I often use Ivory or Fels Naptha soup, but any non perfume bar soap will work. I have even used a box of “hotel soaps” my aunt gave me and they worked just fine.  I find Ivory can be purchased with coupons for near to nothing, and is far less harsh on clothing fibers so it has become my soap of choice.  In addition to the ingredients below I also will add my own fragrances using essential oils.  Lavender, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood and Lemongrass my fragrances of choice.  I order mine from mountainroseherbs.com, but there are plenty of places that carry essential oils.   What I have found when I stopped buying store bought laundry soaps and making my own is  the clothing lasts longer, less fade to fabric, and the washer itself lasts longer with less “clog” issues the synthetic soaps can create.

Liquid Style

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)

Powdered Style

2 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.

*I will triple or quadruple this recipe to have a large pail on hand*

*You don’t need do this, but for me I like a finer powder, so the night before or even days before I grate the soap, then spread on a wire screen or cookie sheets and let the gratings dry out further.  I then take them and place them in either a coffee grinder or blender and powder.  Simple and works wonderful.*

If I have something with a really bad stain or odor.  The following recipe works wonderful.

Stain/Odor Remover

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.

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