Friday, April 5, 2013

Homemade Laundry Goods, Part 2

Well, it's been over a year since I started making my own laundry detergent. I don't think I will ever go back to store bought! It's so cheap and easy to do and it works really well. 

I've added a few "helpers" to the laundry line-up and this week am trying a new recipe for the detergent. My original recipe uses Fels Naptha bars, which work great. The downside to them is they are a pain to grate and the smell is "ok". This week, I am trying out Ivory soap in place of the Fels. It's cheaper ($1.00 for 3 bars. Fels is $1.29 each here), smells great, gentler for the baby, and is SUPER easy to grate!

Here's a quick demo on the super easy way to grate the Ivory bars. If you have kids, they can help and it will keep them entertained for awhile!

Grab your Ivory and place an unwrapped bar in a microwavable dish. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it be transformed....

 The kids thought this was the coolest thing ever! It looks like a plate of Cool Whip but is actually dry and flaky. I placed it in mixing bowls and let the kids play with it...
 Them playing with it made it turn into small flakes. The only downside is it can be messy and make you sneeze :) But WAY easier than me grating the Fels bars for a half hour
 When they were done, I ran it through our Ninja to make it even finer. It was a perfect powder after 3 pulses. The Fels never got this fine. My kids loved the smell of the Ivory, too. Then just mix with the rest of the ingredients and you are ready to go!
 I'm expecting this recipe to not have as good of stain removal as the Fels did but time should tell. With my original recipe, it got out most stains- except Ella "accidents". To combat the tough stains, I have a homemade stain remover. It is awesome! It's what I used to clean my 30 year old cabbage patch too, after other stain removers wouldn't work.

I've also added a fabric softener too. I use it on our towels and blankets and they are so soft and smell great! For loads that I don't use it on, I sometimes dry the clothes with a tennis ball. It stops the static and works great!

Without further ado, the recipes:

Laundry Soap
1 bar of Ivory soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Baking Soda
*Note, you can sub Baking Soda with OxyClean to help with stains. I don't because Baking Soda is cheaper :) 
Mix everything up. For normal loads, use 1 tbsp. For larger loads, use 2

*My picture is the recipe doubled. You could do all 3 bars at once and triple the recipe, but my canister only holds enough for it doubled

Fabric Softener
2 cups hot water
1 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup any hair conditioner (I used $1 Suave)

Mix everything up. Use 1/4 cup (or as little as desired) as you would normal fabric softener. I promise you won't smell the vinegar! It's what adds the softness. You can even do straight up vinegar- the conditioner is for scent.

Stain Remover
1 part Dawn blue dish soap
2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda

Mix the soap and peroxide in a spray bottle. When treating a stain, sprinkle baking soda on stain and spray with mixture. Rub in and launder as usual. If it's a tough stain, I use an old toothbrush to really rub in and let set a little. 
*Note- my picture shows just the peroxide in the bottle. The mixture will actually be blue, not clear

There you have it! Hope you enjoy these "recipes" as much as I do!


  1. More question than comment...will the receipes and amounts to use work in a front loading machine (he)?

  2. Hi! Shouldn't be a problem. I have a HE washer and they work great since the soap is low-suds. My washer is top loading, but my friends & aunt use these recipes with front loading