Monday, July 23, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent is Terrific!

I adore homemade laundry detergent.  The first time I read about homemade detergent was in a book written by Jim and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting.  In theory, it sounded good, but I never got around to making any.  Later, I came across a detergent recipe on the blog Sugar Pie Farmhouse.  After reading the many positive comments, I decided it was time to give it a try.  By the way, if you have never read Aunt Ruthie's blog, you must stop by.  WARNING:  Have lots of time on your hands, because you will be enthralled.

I was just in the beginning stages of developing this blog when I made my last batch of detergent, so didn't think to take a picture of all the necessary items; therefore, the borrowed picture of..

The Starting Lineup...

(Sugar Pie Farmhouse)

Best Ever Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:

1 - 4 pound box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1-  4 pound box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1-  4 pound box of Borax
3 bars of Kirk’s Castile soap–Shredded (other choices are Fels Naptha, Zote, or Ivory soaps)

Mix well in a large container.
Add two heaping tablespoons to each load of laundry.  That's it!

I used Fels Naptha for my first batch.  It is yellow in color and when shredded looks like shredded cheese!   For the last batch, I ordered Zote soap from Amazon.  It has a pretty pink color! It came in a set of three huge bars, so I only shredded two bars in my last recipe.  

For shredding, I have a couple of recommendations.  First, I recommend purchasing an extra Parmesan cheese grater to have on hand just for shredding soap.  For my first batch, I shredded the soap on a regular hand was a workout!  Second, shred the soap so that you end up with  finely shredded soap.  This is the way I like the soap to look...finely shredded.

I also began using plain ole vinegar as a softener.  Commercial softener tends to build up on towels and bath cloths and also causes build up in your washer and dryer.  That build up prevents detergent from getting into the fibers of your laundry, thus preventing it from getting perfectly clean.  The vinegar is fabulous and cuts the build up leaving you with clean smelling laundry!  Also economical!

Give homemade detergent a try.  I think you will love it!  Happy Wash Day!  Remember to Whistle While You Work!

1 comment:

  1. I love this detergent recipe. We use the same recipe, but I add purex crystals to the mix. Man oh man does it smell good.