Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent


After making my own Dishwasher Detergent I realized I had almost all the ingredients I needed to make my own Laundry Detergent. 

I found this recipe here and decided to give it a try!


I found the perfect jar (I wanted a lid that would screw on since I store this up high.  In case it fell, I didn't want the lid popping off!).  And they I used some brown vinyl from Expressions Vinyl to add a label to the front of the jar. 




Homemade Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 c borax
  • 1 c washing soda
  • 1 bar of soap (ivory or fels naptha)

  1. First, grate your soap. 
  2. Then, combine all ingredients in your jar and shake until well mixed.
  3. Use 1 tbs per load



I couldn't resist adding the recipe to the back of the jar again using the same brown vinyl!


And so there is no confusion, say, if someone else in my house wanted to do some laundry :), I used brown vinyl to label the top of the jar so that they would know exactly how much soap to use without needing to ask me!

It seems to work well.  And from all the research I have done it seems to be ok for HE Machines.  Hurray! 

This was kind of fun making my own dishwasher detergent and laundry detergent!

And can you tell I had a lot of fun with the vinyl?!  Clearly, brown is my most used vinyl color!  What color of vinyl do you like best?

(Check out Expressions Vinyl for great selection and price on vinyl!)


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34 comments:

  1. I've been making my own laundry soap for awhile and I LOVE IT!! I make liquid tho - the ingredient list is very similar and it takes no time at all!! So if your interested in a liquid I posted my recipe here:

    http://megschmitt-neveradullday.blogspot.com/2011/04/two-hands-are-better-than-one.html

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  2. i seriously love this too! so cute and would be great gifts!
    see ya friday:)

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  3. I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. When I lost my job 2 years ago, this is the only way I made it through that time. I made it in my food processor. I prefer this over store bought now. There are no harsh chemicals on your skin. I put vinegar in my Downey ball for fabric softener. It works great. Also, for the dishwasher soap, I did not use the Lemi Shine. It still works awesome.

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  5. I make my own soap too, and I love your idea of adding the labels, plus directions. I have often wondered what my soon to be daughter in law would do if she ever tried to do laundry and I wasn't home. LOL! My ingredients are the same as yours plus I add powdered color safe bleach. I will go check out your dishwasher soap now. :0) I haven't tried that yet!

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  6. Have you found that this works well with the hard water? Do you notice a difference?
    Thanks for the post! I just made my dishwasher detergent -- this should be fun too!

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  7. I use this recipe but also add about a 1/4 c. Oxiclean. It seems to keep my colored clothes from fading as much and keeps the whites from looking dingy. I find that this recipe cleans well... but without the Oxiclean... doesn't really do much to protect from fading.

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  8. Been using this recipe (with baking soda instead of washing soda) for well over a year now. At a cost of only $22/year to wash clothes for five people, you really can't beat it. Washing soda is just soda ash, so if you can't find it at the store you have two options: (1) cook your baking soda in the microwave till it turns kinda brown (soda ash) OR (2) find a local pool supply and buy your soda ash in bulk. I just use straight baking soda with NO problems. My sister & best friend both have HE machines & use this and are very happy with their results.

    I use PEROXIDE (1/4-1/2c) in the wash to brighten/whiten clothes OR 1/2-1 cup lemon juice works really well too.

    1/4 - 1/2 cup white vinegar (I mix a 64oz bottle of it with about 20 drops of sandalwood or ylang-ylang essential oil) for my final rinse.

    ♥hugs♥

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    1. I wondered if u could add ur own essential oils like patchouli, eucalyptus, sandalwood, lavender, or critter oil-which is an oil I sell that works on all animals, plants, kills bugs..even lice so safe for babies, I never have bugs in my house & my dog & ferret have never had a flea or tick! can be used for cleaning too...works like magic eraser on doors & walls. just message me If anyone wants to try it...oh & it smells wonderful..everyone always asks what is that smell & where do u get it when they pet our dog or come in our house...don't laugh but if I could wear it as perfume I would lol!!

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  9. I'm going to try this this week!! thanks again!

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  10. I was just wondering what font you used for the "wash soap?" I LOVE it! Also I made some of this and it seems to work fine in the HE washer.

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  11. I made this before I had a Silhouette, with my friend's Cricut. I used the font: Lyrical Letters.

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  12. For those that have a HE machine - do you still use 1 Tablespoon per load?

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  13. Jodi - I have an HE front loading washing machine and I use 1Tbs per load. Nothing in the detergent creates a lot of suds so I've never had a problem with it!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Ashley

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  14. I was wondering where to put the detergent in a front load HE washer? My washer has a drawer that pulls out in the front for the detergent and I only have used liquid.

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  15. Do u have a recipe for fabric softener too? hoping u do! :)

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  16. Ok so I used fels naptha in this recipe and I now have powder coated fels naptha. haha. I haven't tried it yet but here is my question... since it did not all combine perfectly, how do I make sure I am using the right amount of fels per scoop and don't end up with a ton of fels or a ton of white powder left for the last loads?

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  17. Do you think it would work with Dove soap? I just found out that I have a glycerin allergy, which is in ivory soap. :(

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  18. Kerwin - you just put the detergent in where the normal detergent goes. My HE washer requires that I move a separator for powdered detergent vs liquid, but it is all in the same area.

    Ashley

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  19. Michelle Bauer - no...I'm so sorry, I don't!

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  20. Christina - I would just be sure to stir it well prior to using and I'm sure you will be fine :) Good luck!

    Ashley

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  21. Sarah - thanks for stopping by! I am not sure. I know the two soaps I recommended are low sudsing soaps. (part of what makes this an HE ok recipe) And I am not sure how Dove soap would work. But it might be worth a shot. Good luck! And let me know if you try it out and what your results are!

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  22. i make this as well. what i do is let the bar soap dry out a bit and then grind it in the blender. then i put the borax and washing soda together. stir them up a tad and put all three of them again thru the blender. i like the soap to be tiny specs and the same consistency as the others.

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  23. Just tried the laundry soap and the dishwasher soap! Both were so easy to make. Thanks for the recipes!

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  24. Heather! Thanks so much for stopping by to tell me you made both of these detergents!!!

    Have a lovely day!
    Ashley

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  25. I'm super excited to find a laundry detergent that does not include cooking! Yay! Can't wait to try this! I have everything I need already from the dishwashing detergent, so I'm making this tomorrow. Super excited to save money!!!

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  26. Does the ivory pieces melt if you use cold water?

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  27. Pam that is a great question! I never wash my dishes in cold water so I am actually not sure. Anyone else know the answer?

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  28. I use Dial soap. All of my family have skin issues, since we use dial soap to bathe with, I decided to give it a try. It works great! I believe you could use just about any soap and it would work. I love my homemade detergent.

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  29. It seems that the fels naptha soap is not grated fine enough. it's like the 2 powders fall to the bottom. Is that normal.

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  30. It seems that the fels naptha soap is not grated fine enough. it's like the 2 powders fall to the bottom. Is that normal.

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  31. Loni,

    I am sure that is fine. Just give your powder a shake before you scoop it out and it should be fine :)

    Ashley

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  32. Did anyone use dove soap? I would like to try it with Dove soap!

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  33. Has anyone used the Dove soap? I love Dove soap and would like to try it with the Dove.

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