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I've made the powdered forms of laundry soap and I like them except for the grating, powder flying while blenderizing and getting in my lungs, as well as having to wait for the powder to dissolve in the wash water. I've made the liquid and I like those except for the separating issues and the large quantity needed for storage.
My sister recently gave me a recipe for a no grate, no clump, really easy and quickly made and unbelievably cheap laundry detergent that I really love! It only requires only 2 Tbsp. Dawn, 1/3 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup borax and hot water for a gallon of laundry soap.
I have gone through a batch and it works. You still need to pretreat, but I have really been amazed by this DIY product. Men's greasy overalls may need some of your other heaviest duty detergent. But I am comfortable using this for 98% of my washes and the results are very good. If something is really filthy, I use baking soda and vinegar along with my detergent.
It probably is less than $.25 a gallon, but I am not going to do the math! ;)
Hope this blesses you as much as it has blessed me!
P.S. I have a top loader and I don't know if it works for front loaders. I would suggest you make a 1/2 batch and try it out.
Source: Beverly at The Make Your Own Zone Site, she has great recipes and tips: http://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2013/10/homemade-laundry-soap-made-dawn.html
I can't say anything about your laundry detergent, but I would like to point out that if you are using baking soda and vinegar in the same wash cycle, you are wasting money. They cancel each other out, as they are a base & an acid, and when you mix them, you get carbon dioxide, salt, and water. Adding baking soda to the detergent mix you have will boost the cleaning power, but I suspect if you add vinegar, you will lower the cleaning power, as you have quite a few bases in the mix - washing soda, Dawn detergent. Vinegar in the rinse might be effective, and then would work on its own and not be lost in all the bases.
Thank you, Louise, for taking the time to inform me about vinegar and baking soda. Usually, I add the vinegar to the rinse.
But I will think about not adding them together in the future!
Sounds like a good idea; think I'll try it. How much detergent do you use per load?
There is an ingredient in commercial laundry detergents yours does NOT contain, and that is enzymatic cleansers. That is the ingredient that really removes organic issues like food, body oils and perspirations, blood, etc. I've gone the homemade route and store bought is better, and cheaper in the long run. If you want to save money you can always use less product than what's recommended on the bottle (most people use too much anyway).
As someone who has a washer/dryer located in a built in closet (adjacent to my kitchen), cooking odor can get into the front load washer & also through the fan of the dryer. Since odor is carried through tiny droplets of some type of vapor (ie moisture such as steam or grease), it is not something one wants in the laundry area. Also considering that odor contains actual particles, who want that accumulating inside a dryer?
Vinegar in addition to baking soda is one of the best known odor removal compounds that I have encountered. this is why it is recommended to use one after the other in your drains, garbage disposal and any other location where organic odor is found. There are several recipes available, one that is used to unclog a drain uses boiling water. Therefore, I am not sure why the last person recommended not using them together. Again the combo of baking soda followed by vinegar will fizz & bubble up through your drains which only means that it is working as it should be. Follow with a long rinse of running water and all odors should be gone.
Diluted dish soap is used by many people in place of laundry detergent. This is a guide about how to make your own laundry soap with dish soap.
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How do I keep my homemade laundry detergent from clumping? I melt the soap all the way down. It clumps and is not creamy at all.
By Jennifer from Shelbyville, KY
I just use the powder instead of cooking it down. For the same reason. I didn't like the clumpiness.
Obviously, homemade doesn't have the additives in it that keeps it from thickening and in liquid form. The bar soap is a solid, and that's why it solidifies when the liquid is cooled. I don't stir mine at all after pouring it into the bucket. It forms a semi-solid mass that I can scoop out when I use it. I like it much better than that "snotty" consistency. I've not had much luck with the powdered form fully dissolving in the wash and it just heats and clumps in the bottom of my blender while making it.
I want to make liquid laundry soap with Fels Naptha, borax, Arm & Hammer baking soda, etc. I am not sure what the measure of each is and if there is something else that I missed.
By Sherry H.
She has so many recipes for laundry, cleaning, stain removal, etc.
The recipe I use is the Duggar's recipe. 1 bar grated Fels Naptha or Zote soap melted on the stove with 4 cups of water. Add 1/2 cup Borateem and 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda) and stir until dissolved. Pour into a 5 gallon bucket. Then fill the bucket with hot water. Cover overnight. It should become sort of gel-like. Stir again to incorporate all of the particles. Fill an empty bottle of your choice (I use a 1 gallon vinegar bottle) 1/2 full of your detergent mixture, then top it off with warm water. You have to shake it before each use as it will separate. You can add essential oil like lavender if you want fragrance. Use 5/8 cup for a regular load of laundry.
I need a recipe for liquid laundry detergent.
I happen to have found this receipe online recently. Haven't used it, but it was from a credited website (dont remember which) Hope it helps!
2 gallons of hot water, 1 bar of soap (grated), 2 cups of baking soda.
Melt soap in a pan with just enough boiling water to cover. Stir until completely melted. In a large pail or bucket, pour in 2 gallons of hot water. Add the melted soap. Add the baking soda and stir well. Use 1/2 cup per load or more for oversized or very soiled loads of laundry.
How do you make homemade liquid detergent?
By RL from MO
Someone posted this on TF awhile back. I saved it for a friend, and adapted it to her reduced lifting ability and means.
Homemade Laundry Soap
Ingredients, Full Batch
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda not washing soda)
Ingredients, Half Batch
1 gallon water hot
½ bar soap grated
1 cup baking soda
Ingredients, Quarter Batch
½ gallon water hot
¼ bar soap grated
½ cup baking soda
* Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
* In a large pail, pour hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
* Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
* Use half cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load
Note: add ¼ to ½ cup hydrogen peroxide per load for extra whiteness.
Hope this helps. JustPlainJo
What is the difference of homemade lye soap and Fels Naptha for using it as laundry soap? Also, because I have hard water, would I need to add more borax and/or water softener additive than just the 1 Tbsp that I have seen some people use for homemade laundry soap?
You can go ahead and use homemade lye soap for your laundry. Usually double the amount of washing soda and borax is used in hard water. If you melt the soap and mix in the washing soda and borax to pre-make liquid laundry detergent (soap really), it would be runny rather than the semi-solid mass you'd get with the Fels Naptha.
Traditionally, laundry soap is just soap with borax added. You can add borax (and washing soda too if you prefer) to the recipe when you make the homemade lye soap initially, and save yourself some time and trouble. That way, you could just use the bar to rub on stains and stuff.
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What to do with leftover soap pieces (a few pieces)
Use 3 or 4 scoops for large load.
Depending on family size, the washing soda and borax should make quite a few batches, saving you a lot of money.
Source: I learned from instructions in the ebook, The Handcrafter's Companion at http://squidoo.com/thehandcrafterscompanion.
Also bought a book on essential oils and used tips from other soap makers. A true crafter is always willing to share their recipes and I am happy to do so.
By spa products from Oxford, Michigan
I am looking for recipes to make liquid laundry detergent that has a bleaching effect.
By yeshiwas from Ethiopia
How do you make liquid detergent for cotton and wool fabrics?