Sunday, March 8, 2009

Laundry day bites!

Well, it is that time of week at my house to get a gazillion loads of laundry done in one day before the beginning of the week! I HATE laundry, I would rather clean the toilet! I have 6 people living in my house so laundry day is definitely no FUN! You can tell I am a procrastinator when it comes to this awful chore, I wait all week to do ALL of it in one day, and sometimes I do not succeed.

Anyway, I got it in my head to start making my own laundry detergent recently. I figure it will save me tons of money and be better for us. Two of my daughters have mild eczema and so I always use free & clear laundry soap anyway. No fabric softener either, they break out bad with that stuff!

I have found some recipes for it I will share with you all and if any of you have any recipes for it that you love please share with me!! You can find many recipes out there and you can be as creative as you want with them by adding your own fragrances! Here are a couple:

Liquid detergent

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 Laundry soap

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated - you could also try the other bar soaps)

1 cup Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

I figure making and using your own homemade soap will only cost you pennies a load of laundry! It will be gentler on your skin and your clothes. You can also use white vinegar in place of fabric softener, which is WAY cheaper and natural!!

The ingredients to make laundry soap are so inexpensive! Example: Bar of plain soap $1.00, Borax $3.00, Washing Soda $2.50. These are approximate costs, but you can make tons of soap for this price!!

So, I am going to try it, if any of you have tried it or use a certain recipe you love please let me know, I would LOVE to hear them! Any comments or tips you guys have are welcome too!

Well, I am off to switch out laundry! Happy Sunday everybody!



Jenny said...

Sounds like you need to put those kids of yours to work..LOL

Laura Robinson said...

Well, did you try out the soap? How was it? I am going to try to make my own one day. <3

Amy M said...

No I haven't tried it because I can't seem to find washing soda around here! I am going to Joplin later in the week and I am going to look there. As soon as I make some I will let ya know how it worked out! :)


Biba said...

I laundry blitz too! I hate it, it all appears from nowhere lol

homemomma said...

Thanks for the recipe for laundry soap! I can't wait to try it out! I put your button on my blog!

Pattie said...

Ohh this reminds me of the cleaning party I want to have one so bad and thank you for the liquid detergent recipe sounds like I can try to make that happnen :)

Amy M said...

Hey Guys,

If any of you try this out let me know how it works! I haven't tried it yet, but I want to!! I can't seem to find washing soda in my town :(

Amy :)