Quit LAUGHING! It was only a matter of time. When I began grinding wheat and baking bread I got a lot of teasing. "How long does it take before a homeschooler begins grinding her own wheat?" har, har, har......but NOW I'm going to MAKE LAUNDRY DETERGENT! ::snort::
While Mike was deployed, and I had much time to think, I decided that we'd mastered the food thing and would move on to chemicals in our home. I bought some all natural laundry detergent from co-op. The boys complained. They thought they smelled - they were right. The little's clothes were also coming up with lots of stains. We went back to Tide with Bleach.
I began to hear on a local email group of ladies that got together to make laundry soap. I think because it's FUN - not that it's so tough you need help - they INSIST that their clothes don't stink. THEN one Friday at produce co-op Deja and I were discussing budgets and she mentioned she'd spent $12 for laundry detergent since JANUARY.....I spend $17 a pay check. Maybe a bit of stink is warranted. SHE also INSISTS their clothes come clean and don't stink.
I bought supplies. I thought the ladies were using the same recipe. They're not. Some make liquid and some make dry. Many use this recipe from Crystal Miller at The Family Homestead. I did a search and found this recipe for dry detergent at The Frugal Shopper. I opted for powdered soap as it seems easier to make, easier to store, and makes a more manageable amount.
Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 C Fels Naptha Soap (I used Ivory - and it smells nice)
1/2 C Washing Soda
1/2 C Borax
For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.
Deja uses 1/2 a C of Ivory and 1 C of soda and Borax....so I adjusted the above recipe. I NEED this to work so I used the biggest amounts of both recipes.
Adjusted Laundry Detergent
1 C Ivory (bar)
1 C Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 C Borax
Grate the Ivory soap. The toughest part of this was remembering that this was NOT mozzerella cheese...don't taste the Ivory.
Mix with soda and borax.
Whirl in a food processor (or blender).
Deja uses 1 T for normal loads and 2 T for tough dirt.
As I said earlier, Deja figured out she's spent $12 for detergent since Jan. I spent about $8 to buy supplies and have enough soda and borax left for MANY more batches of soap. I still have enough Ivory for 2 - 4.