Friday, January 2, 2015

Laundry detergent making day............

I make this all the time but I haven't posted about it since 2009!  I thought I would do a retro post from days gone by but updated, lol!
These are the supplies needed...........
 1.  First I slice up the soap with a knife..........
2.  I place the slices in my blender.........
3.  I put it in a Lock n' Lock container (water tight and spill proof)..........
4.  Then I add 2 cups of Washing Soda, 2 cups of Borax and 1 cup of Baking Soda.
5.  I also add 8-10 drops of natural oil; this one is lemon grass (sorry for the blurry picture)......

6.  I put the lid on and shake it like crazy! LOL!
  I use 1/4 cup in each load.
7.  I also use hydrogen peroxide as my bleach (my version of oxi-clean and so much cheaper) and white vinegar as my softner.
8.  I use some old plastic containers, labeled, to hold my supplies and I always have a back up supply of each one so I never run out. 
9.  When I need to fill the container with the "back-up" then I put it on my white board list on my frig.  I got the little magnetic whiteboard at the dollar store.  Since some of my supplies are only available at the store 20 minutes from here I am pretty good about never running out with my "backup" system of necessary supplies.
I hope this is of use to some of you.  If you want to save money this saves LOTS.  Now, I must admit, I do not get filthy dirty (except during gardening season) and I started using the hydrogen peroxide when I noticed my clothes getting a little  "dingy" but it took care of it.  I started making this 6 years ago and I haven't looked back!
Happy Trails!




7 comments:

  1. I've also made this same detergent for about 4 years, down to using my blender for he soap, and have told countless people about it. A few months ago I noticed our clothes, especially the light colors looking dingy as you said. I didn't know I could use peroxide so I started using commercial detergent again. Maybe I'll try again and use the peroxide.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. I'm glad you posted this info again. I use ECO brand but it's so mild that I don't feel like my clothes are 'squeaky' clean. I use vinegar in my rinse though. A dermatologist told me to use it and it sure makes the laundry smell fresh. Thanks for this good post my friend. Hugs!

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  3. I love that about you, Sam. Always thrifty, doing good, thinking outside the box. I would love to make my own, but don't think we can even get borax here and hard to find baking soda in anything but little tiny containers for baking purposes. I would like to switch to more ecofriendly cleaning supplies. The stuff they sell these days is so toxic. Best wishes, Tammy

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  4. I use to make this soap but haven't in a long time. I do use vinegar as my rinse agent in my dishwasher, however.

    I have somehow missed your posts too. I'll be back. Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this great soap recipe. Love the things you make and do! I look forward to visiting here in 2015, and wish you a very Happy New Year, dear Sam!
    Helen xox

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  6. How much vinegar for a rinse? tell me about the peroxide..use like a pre treat? I should add this to my list of things to do. Up here a liquid version is going around I haven't made that on either. I mainly wash in cold water except for towels and socks:)

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  7. Thanks so much for this! I've never made my own but I have most of the ingredients in my cupboard. It would be good for our french house where there is a septic tank and you can't use a lot of the washing powders. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm doing the Bright Stars quilt and the link seems to be working now!

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