Thursday, December 22, 2011

Is Your Laundry Detergent Safe?

Mine is. Because I make it.
It does take a little time but it's worth it to me.
Below is the recipe I use with the step by step directions.
Here is the email I received in my inbox today that I read with ease, knowing that it didn't apply to me! What a relief. If this article does startle you, change. It's never to late!

Homemade Laundry Soap
What you need
> 5 gallon bucket
> Storage containers (with a pump if you prefer)
> Fels Naptha soap ( I have used this but I currently use THIS!)
You can use whatever bar soap you like, probably. I don't know for sure but both have worked for me
> Borax
> Washing Soda

Grate 1/3 bar of soap and put the flakes into a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Heat and stir until the soap flakes dissolve.

In liquid measuring cup dissolve 1/3 cup Borax and 1/3 Washing soda in 3/4 cup hot water.

Pour the bar soap mixture into the bucket and add the borax solution. Add enough hot water to make 2 galons. I don't measure I just add enough hot water until the bucket is like half full.
Then it sits on my kitchen floor and I stir it with a long handled wooden spoon every 15 minutes or so until it's completely cooled.
Then pour it unto the containers.

Use 1/2 cup per load.
Shake before using.

So that is it. I have never kept track of how long one batch lasts but it's quite a while.

Also, the soap I use now for the flakes is THIS (like I said up above) and it is good stuff as well. My Gramy orders it and she likes to keep me stocked up on it so I use that as well. It's good stuff too, as far as I know, but I haven't carefully researched it.

1 comment:

  1. I make this too!! But I've never made a liquid version of it, just the grated soap mixed with the other ingredients and use a tablespoon per load. I did the math once (shocker!) and it came to about 4 cents per load or something ridiculous like that. PLUS our clothes don't get the mildewy smell anymore from the front load washer! Yahooooo I'll have to try the liquid next time--which won't be for awhile, it lasts a LONG time!!