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).
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.)