Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laundry Soap Recipe on this fine White Wednesday!

I am sure many of you already know this but for those who don't I wanted to share.  I've read on multiple blogs and in the land of Google that you can make your own laundry detergent which is natural and oh so much cheaper.  I wish I would have done this years ago actually when all the children lived at home, ha!  After searching and searching, I found a recipe I like here - at the Beehive Cottage and I followed her recipe.

What you'll need:

4# Borax
4# Washing Soda
4# Baking Soda
3 Bars of Ivory, Fels Naptha, or Zote Soap

All of these items can be found in the laundry isle at your local grocery store.  Walmart should have everything too.  I used Ivory Soap simply because I couldn't find the others but I did subsequently find  Fels Naptha at Walmart and will most likely use that next time.

All you need to do is grate your soap (Ivory was super easy to grate being it's a soft soap) and mix everything together.  Couldn't be easier!  To laundry your clothes place 2 Tbsps in and you're set!  I like to dissolve mine in hot water first and then add it.  You will not see suds when you wash with this but all is good and everything comes out squeaky clean!

Now in keeping with all natural laundry cleaner, I am now using White Vinegar for my fabric softener.  When I did a post on this I forgot to mention that I use 1/4 cup which I add to my fabric softener dispenser in my washer.  Otherwise, you just add it to the rinse cycle.  Once again, your clothes will not smell like vinegar, I promise!  That come out smelling clean and there is no static cling! 

Also, I have been using the Fels Naptha as a pre-treatment for stains.  If you know me then you know that I am rarely without a cup of coffee in my hand and thus I spill quite often, ha!  I have found that the Fels Naptha works rather well!

I found an awesome 2 gallon apothecary jar at Target.com for a good price.  I also happened to notice them at Walmart too.  Of course I had to "pretty" my jars by making and adding labels from graphics from the Graphics Fairy.  I even made a cute little jar for my clothes pins!

I'm linking up today with Faded Charm for my very first White Wednesday - be sure to stop over and see who else is linking up today!




Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I like these tips! Sounds pretty doable. Your decorated jar is charming! Happy WW!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love using natural products for cleaning. Your jars are adorable. Thanks again for visiting me. Following you, too.

Amy Kinser said...

I love making my own detergent. It is so cost effective!

I just went tonight to buy conditioner to make my fabric softener.

Blessings to you, Amy

DearHelenHartman said...

Been making laundry soap for about 6 mos now and love the way it makes clothes look and feel... I tried a colored soap to make it look prettier and the results were just not as good. Your jars and containers are the perfect compliment to it!

Ido said...

Hello Jacalyn
Seems like you and I have a lot in common, I make soap too, isn't it great? Thank you for leaving such nice comments on my blog, I'm your follower too!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I was thinking of using the sleds as part of the wedding celebration decor...ha~! Just kidding. Nope..she's not a pink girl. I bought a vintage two tiered table I was planning on using as the dessert table. It was painted aqua and white. She nixed it! ugh! LOL....Happy White Wednesday. And I love your decorated jars. Wish we could go shopping together. xoxo

Sharon Wengel said...

Great tips Jacalyn !
Thanks for following my blog . Did you see I'm haveing a giveaway ? Click on the portrait in my side bar and comment for a chance to win. I'm following you now too.,

Stephanie said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Tynk said...

I love your decorated jars, those turned out sooo cute!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Thanks for the info.... and I just love your jar. I wanted to thank you for stopping by and for joining as a follower. I'm know your newest follower! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I LOVE the containers you made for the laundry detergent! Isn't it fun to make and the smell...heavenly! Glad you gave it a try!


Donnie said...

I love to use vinegar for all sorts of cleaning and the soap recipe sounds easy enough. I might have to try it out. Take care.

Incipient Wings said...

this is great!

DollHouse said...

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