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!


  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.

  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!

  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

  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!

  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

  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:)

  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!

  8. This is very informative post. You can make DIY laundry detergent powder in your home. It would best for you.


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