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9.17.2012

DIY: Laundry Soap

Hey mamas!

So, as I was pouring the last drop of laundry soap into our washer, I decided that would be the last bottle I purchase. It's so damn expensive and, inspired by my friend, Nora, I decided to make it myself!

She shared this recipe with me, and through a little digging, I found some tweaks and additions. I wanted to try this out before I shared it with you so I could let you know the scoop.

First up, the recipe!

It's easy peazy, all you need is 2 cups of washing soda, 2 cups of borax, and 1 cup (shaved/shredded Fels-Naptha soap).




You shake it all up, put it in a  cute jar or tin you might have laying around and voila! You made laundry soap!

 



I had to recruit C for the shredding. I realized I need to start working out when my arms were burning after two minutes.




Now, some folks have said that you should use different amounts per wash ranging from 1 Tablespoon to 4. I went ahead and used 4 -- we have two pugs, and frankly, my clothes cannot get TOO CLEAN. (Ya feel me?)


The recipe did not call for any scents, but I added a few drops of lavender oil to my powder. I was unsure if it would actually scent the clothes. And, it didn't, but maybe I just didn't use enough?

The clothes came out of the dryer smelling clean (all five loads I did on Sunday!) and oddly without wrinkles even though I didn't use any fabric softener? Bonus! I have been officially converted to DIY laundry soap.

I heard that using a splash of nice smelling Clarifying Shampoo will get out the extra tough stains and add a nice smell. Another blogger said that she uses regular old hotel soaps or whatever she has laying around instead of the bar of Fels-Naptha. (Good to know!)

Now, a lot of times when I find vintage items, they have stains that are older than me. I have been trying different combinations of the following, and I am pretty sure I can now get ANY stain out, from blood (peroxide!) to pen (alcohol or nail polish remover) to sweat stains (baking soda/vinegar/blue dawn)!

If you have any stain removal tips, I would love to hear them.

(And yes, I am officially my mother. But don't worry, I haven't started ironing our pillowcases just yet.)

Love,

S.S.

6 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I have seen a lot of make your own soap recipes on Pinterest, but wasn't sure if any of them were actually good! This sounds pretty awesome!

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  2. I've been wanting to make my own laundry detergent! This post makes me more confident about trying it.

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  3. Oooh this is so awesome! I'm all about natural products and cleaners but I know it would be SO much better/cheaper to make my own. We use tons of Borax and vinegar around the house but I still buy the 7th Generation laundry soap, I need to try this! Hope you had a good weekend! :)

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  5. I'd love to try this...look cheap and fun!

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