I am brand new to this site and noticed this topic, and thought I would throw this out there for anyone interested... I have been making my own liquid laundry soap for almost a year now. I have a family of six, and have spent around 50 dollars total since I started... this saves me lots of money that is so much funner to spend on seeds and gardening supplies! Anyone interested, let me know, I'd be happy to share!
Thank you Marilyn! How awesome, I am so glad that others are also doing this as it not only saves money but prevents SO many bottles from going into the landfills as well as countless trips (gas pollution etc) to the store when you run out of soap! I want to go check that forum out, I love my recipe, but maybe there are better ones I could try! Do you recommend any?
I've made the dry version (1 bar Zote (or Fels Naptha, but I like Zote better), 1 cup A&H washing soda, 1 cup borax), and the wet version with the same ingredients. The dry version might last slightly longer before it's time to make a new batch, but the wet version is a LOT easier for me to make, and it still lasts a long time, so I've been using it for the past several months.
I've only used the liquid recipe, I use dial soap though, cuz I couldn't find the zote or fels naptha at the time, and once I did I was happier with the dial, lol... I only use 1/2c each of the soda and borax though, and 2 gallons water plus 4 cups to dissolve the grated soap. I've been using it almost a year now, and swear I will NEVER buy store bought again... if I do it will only be once and ONLY to get one of those neat jugs with the spout, lol
[quote="autumrose11"]can you us it in a front loader? [/quote]
Yes, I have a front loader and use the homemade liquid detergent in it without any problems. I just make sure that the gel chunks are shook up before pouring into the machine. I've been making my detergent for about 7 months now.
Marylyn_Tx thanks for posting the link it really gives a lot of concisely helpful information. It mentioned using scenting agents or oils. i like to use tea tree oil in my hand sanitizing dispenser and wonder if that would work out in this soap to add a little more germ killing action or I should just put a couple drops of it in the washers dispenser each load. Thoughts on all this would be appreciated.
Just a note of caution.. you might want to let all those ingredients sit on your counter for a while before mixing them up... I did and on a fluke learned I was allergic so thankfully I did not mix it all up and wash my clothes. I was sick for several weeks as it was with a nasty sinus in fection and almost went anaphlactic.. so just thought to make this suggestion before all you guys go gung ho hoping to save money! And I thought at first when I put them on the counter.. man that stuff smelled good never realizing I was allergic! I was gonna mix it the next day and thankfully I was side tracked.. but it took a few days to realize what was causing my irritation...
Looking back, my mother used fels to wash the floor with and borax to do dad's grimey clothes..I was not a happy camper with those soaps back then and when I got older stuck with the same old same old.. then one of my friends suggested this to save money and off course not even remembering or thinking about allergies.. wham!
im sold on homemade laundry soap too...
i havent heard of zote ..so im off to ebay to look if i can buy it there..
my tough grease soaked clothes get presoaked in mix (borax,washing soda,fels ) and then
washed.. none of the store bought prewashes ever took out the grease like it..
and.. YEA.. saving $$$ too !!!
hope all had a wonderful christmas !!!
much thanks to all on recommendation on zote !!! on grease stained
clothes wow.. worked great!!!
i mix shaved zote in hot water in jug.. use as i would store bought liquid soap..
its pretty thick..i add washing soda..and borax..let sit overnite..then wash as normal
and stains come out sweet!! YEA>>
What do you grate your soap with? The reason i don't "do" the dry is because the soap is such large "grates". I use 1 bar fels, and 2 c. each of washing soda and borax. Mix it in a cat litter pail. And stir vigouously with a large wire whisk (mine is one that is used for mixing calf milk replacer, so it is quite large) I've found that the best way to get the soap melted/dissolved is to put it in a stainless steel bowl over hot water. (double boiler, actually) Cover it with saran, stir occasionally. I use some white vinegar in the rinse cup to freshen. I NEVER use fabric softener anymore...just ruins the towels, and ever since they don't have the old, original Downy scent, I found I absolutely CANNOT stand the smells of any of them. Yuck.
But, I will have to say, that if I have something with a stain that I'm really wanting to get out, like on good clothes, I will wash that batch in Amway. I still like Amway liquid detergent, and keep some on hand for that specific purpose, but just can't afford it anymore.
[quote="Anna_Z"]What do you grate your soap with? The reason i don't "do" the dry is because the soap is such large "grates". I use 1 bar fels, and 2 c. each of washing soda and borax. Mix it in a cat litter pail. And stir vigouously with a large wire whisk (mine is one that is used for mixing calf milk replacer, so it is quite large) I've found that the best way to get the soap melted/dissolved is to put it in a stainless steel bowl over hot water. (double boiler, actually) Cover it with saran, stir occasionally. I use some white vinegar in the rinse cup to freshen. I NEVER use fabric softener anymore...just ruins the towels, and ever since they don't have the old, original Downy scent, I found I absolutely CANNOT stand the smells of any of them. Yuck.
But, I will have to say, that if I have something with a stain that I'm really wanting to get out, like on good clothes, I will wash that batch in Amway. I still like Amway liquid detergent, and keep some on hand for that specific purpose, but just can't afford it anymore. [/quote]
I grate my bars of soap with a plain old box grater. Then, rinse it in the hot water, add that to the wash.
I have never put fabric softener in the towels/wash cloth rinse waters. I read a long time ago, that the Downy etc, will make the towels less absorbant. I wash my towels/wash cloths in bleach/detergent...and rinse with vinegar. I also line dry all of my laundry, even the towels. I just whip them dry, a few times, as I fold them...and it fluffs them enough for us.
I would hang stuff out to dry on nice days in the winter except for one thing...my clothesline is in pretty direct line with the wood furnace/smoke. Yuck. So, my outside drying time is nil till the fire is extinguished in the spring.
And I have gone out and put stuff on the line when the wind is "supposed" to be blowing the smoke in the totally opposite direction and I STILL get stinky, smoky things on the line. I just plain gave up till nice weather. Tho it sure would be nice to have sheets and towels line-dried if the sun is out. Smoke-smell sheets are NOT fresh. Pfffttt...LOL
Nope, they are not. I have my inside drying racks for winter at least. It is sometimes just too cold and damp to dry outside on the line anyway. I usually end up bringing in half dried stuff...so, if I need to to laundry, and the weather is bad...I just hang up inside.
I sure do miss the registers. :( This place DH and I bought 2 years ago...no central heating/ac. No ductowrk. No insulation. Previous owners had the older propane fireplaces, one in the main room, one on the back porch. And a brand new LP fireplace in the wing nobody used, because it was built for church meetings.
We looked up the smaller fireplace...it was horrible for propane usage. So, we un-installed it, and just found a home for it last month. We haven't even touched the huge one yet. No way will we even bother to use it for heat.
DH purchased 3 window unit heat pumps. We are using 2 right now. Oh, and the property was full of ancient nasty dirty old a/c units. Yukkkk. Bought and installed maybe in the 70's.
High heating bills so far... one reason I went to making my own laundry detergent. Powder, because it is lighter to store, and I don't have to mess with that big messy 5 gallon bucket. I do that already with other things out in the hothouse/greenhouse. Last year, was fish emulsion.
I lie my powdered detergent. I just take the one scoop, and dissolve it in hot water, just about a cup. Then pour it into the washer.
I like little pump, to transfer the rain water to the washer. Feels alot better now that I don't have to use well water for the laundry.