Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener and Dishwasher Soap

Laundry Detergent

Each batch yields 16 ounces. I made two batches of this recipe and stored the 32 ounces of resulting product in a yogurt container.

* 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha, Dr. Bronner)
* 1/2 cup of borax
* 1/2 cup of washing soda

thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes or until you have a powder consistency and enjoy the results! That’s it folks…seems too good to be true, but it is true indeed!
The listed ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store:
·         1 – 55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda = $3.99
·         1 – 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team® Borax = $4.99
·         1 – 10 pack of 4.5 ounce bars of Ivory® Bar Soap (**note** you can use cheaper soap, I actually had this on hand already.  Use whatever tickles your fancy – Other brands of commonly used bar soaps include Pure & Natural®, Fels-Naptha® and/or ZOTE®.  Both ZOTE® and Fels-Naptha® are made for and sold as “laundry bar soap.”)

(if you want to substitute the Ivory or such soap you could use Dr. Bronners scented or unscented baby-mild if you are sensitive, or you could add essential oils to the melted soap after it cools a bit) 

Fabric Softener

To make a natural fabric softener that works and smells the way you want it to.
First blend whatever essential oils that you like... be it for magickal properties or like me...scent.
Next take equal amounts of vinegar and baking soda.. the resulting liquid is PH balanced..your fabric softener, now add the oils to your nose likes the scent. Store in an old fabric softener bottle and use same as you would 'store bought'.
* I put mine in a spray bottle filled with half water half fabric softener and use it like-
*Febreze air freshner, furniture refresher
*Spray Carpets before vacuuming, helps keep it soft and smelling good
*Also works as a detangler for tangled hair...or fur.
*Instead of adding to the wash I spray the inside of the dryer really good before throwing the wet close wonderfully! OR if hanging out on the line hang up the laundry then give eack side a quick mist!

Dishwasher Soap

1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt

Mix together. Use a 1 Tbsp. per load. I put it in a labeled tupperware bowl under the sink. Use distilled white vinegar in the rinse / jet dry section.


Kasia said...

So cool! I didnt know you could do all that! Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas!


Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you! It's beginning to seem that one can rule the world (or at least keep one's personal corner of it clean) with just baking soda a white vinegar!