For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know that I tried to make my own laundry soap and it failed! So I was back to buying it, but thankful for coupons. My oldest daughter found some recipes for making laundry soap, etc and I decided to research it again. I was really interested in making my own dishwashing soap as it has gotten quite expensive, especially when I had to change to a more expensive brand to get my dishes clean. Well, I think I have found 2 good recipes for making both. And after using the laundry soap for several weeks, I have really liked the results. But last week was the real test: we worked outside repairing our barn. It was over 90 degrees each day with humidity about the same. Which means we had really dirty, smelly clothes. And I am quite pleased to report that the home-made laundry soap took care of the dirt and smell.
I found the recipe I like over on One Good Thing by Jillee. Here is the recipe:
In a gallon or slightly smaller container, mix the following
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing soap
Then add 4 cups of HOT water to dissolve the powdered ingredients. Then add cold water to fill container, leaving a little room to shake or stir. Since this is quite concentrated, 1/4 cup per he load has done well for me. I made a 1/2 recipe as I had an old 1/2 gallon container. I have found that I must shake prior to each load, but it is not a problem. I have one family member with very sensitive skin and he has not experienced any problems.
Dishwashing detergent recipe, tomorrow.