Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
mammacandoit's Avatar
mammacandoit
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 163
Laundry Soap recipes

I'm going to make laundry soap today, but I was thinking of trying something different. Up until now I have been making this recipe:

1 bar of fels naptha
3 C Borax
3 C washing soda
4 gallons of water

But earlier today I noticed someone had posted something about a recipe that used an entire bar of soap, 1 C borax, 1 C washing soda and about 2 gallons of water. I would imagine it would be much thicker then mine, which is fine....I don't really have a problem with clothes staying dirty, but I use about 2 cups of soap at a time in a really dirty load to make sure.

Post your recipe!!
__________________
Daughter Of the King, Wife of Superman, Mamma of 6 & Owner of Mamma Can Do It.
For HUGE coupon savings, Like my Facebook Page. Mamma Can Do It Blog.

mammacandoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
7 for now
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: SE Idaho
Posts: 2,091
Mine is

1 bar Fels Naptha
1.25-1.5 cups borax
1.25-1.5 cups Super washing soda
3 gallons water

I melt all te ingredients and divide between 3 one gallon Sunny Delight jugs then fill the rest of the way with water. I use 1 cup per load in a TL. I also have hard well water and add 1/2 cup White King water softener per load. Cleans as well as my old beloved Tide, which I still use on diapers.

Sent from my iPhone using DS Forum
7 for now is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
mammacandoit's Avatar
mammacandoit
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 163
Re: Laundry Soap recipes

Thanks! I'm hoping more people post too!
__________________
Daughter Of the King, Wife of Superman, Mamma of 6 & Owner of Mamma Can Do It.
For HUGE coupon savings, Like my Facebook Page. Mamma Can Do It Blog.

mammacandoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
Heather1583's Avatar
Heather1583
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 385
My Mood:
I use powder, and only need 2tablespoons per wash usually.
1 bar grated fels naptha, Dr bronners, ivory, etc.
1cup washing soda
1 cup borax
Sometimes a dozen or so drops
Of essential oil like lavender, tea tree, sweet Orange...
I use my food processor to grate and then run the soap through the chopper too, making it really fine. We also use this on our cloth diapers without problems.
__________________
Mommy to Anna (12-20-11, Alex (12-1-09) and Jordan (03-20-08) [/COLOR] RN and custom seamstress and artist on the side
Heather1583 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
mammacandoit's Avatar
mammacandoit
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 163
Re: Laundry Soap recipes

for the peeps that use powder...do you find it doesn't always dissolve? I'm so worried about that for some reason. I wonder if I've tried it before and had a bad experience....
__________________
Daughter Of the King, Wife of Superman, Mamma of 6 & Owner of Mamma Can Do It.
For HUGE coupon savings, Like my Facebook Page. Mamma Can Do It Blog.

mammacandoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
Heather1583's Avatar
Heather1583
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 385
My Mood:
Quote:
Originally Posted by mammacandoit
for the peeps that use powder...do you find it doesn't always dissolve? I'm so worried about that for some reason. I wonder if I've tried it before and had a bad experience....
I did and that's when I started chopping the soap in addition to grating it. It seems to be doing a good job.
__________________
Mommy to Anna (12-20-11, Alex (12-1-09) and Jordan (03-20-08) [/COLOR] RN and custom seamstress and artist on the side
Heather1583 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:30 PM   #7
silvergirl0007's Avatar
silvergirl0007
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 100
Re: Laundry Soap recipes

I personally use this recipe for powder. http://www.howdoesshe.com/cheaper-an...ction_ref_map=[]

It makes almost an entire mop bucket and smells a little strong when you make it, but leaves virtually no smell on the clothes. It dissolves just fine in both hot and cold water and you really don't need much at all. I don't know if I'll ever buy laundry soap again. It cost me around $20 to make and would be cheaper if you left out the fabric softener and oxiclean, but my husband works on a farm and we need something a bit stronger to get the smell of cow and milk out of his clothes.
silvergirl0007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #8
HugeBabyBoy
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 955
I use a 5 gallon bucket. Fill containers 1/2 way, and then fill the other half with water. So, 1 bar + borax + washing soda = 10 gallons. I used the more concentrated 5 gallon mix, as well as the 10 gallon mix, and it cleans just as well.
HugeBabyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 06:04 AM   #9
mammacandoit's Avatar
mammacandoit
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 163
Re: Laundry Soap recipes

Well I ended up making a batch of dry soap. I used 2 bars of soap, 2 C borax and 2 c of washing soda. It filled up a gallon jar about 1/2 way. I was thinking of adding boiling water to it so that it would have been a very thick gel, but wanted to try it dry first.
I chopped it all up really fine in the food processor. Then I've been using 2T of the mix in my wash. So far so good. In fact, I think it's a bit more concentrated then the liquid that I've been using as my clothes are more "smelly" like the soap. I used cold water on both of the washes that I did and I didn't notice that it wasn't dissolving. I think chopping it up extra made a huge difference.
If I notice that the soap isn't disolving, I may end up adding the boiling water to it. If I do that though, I just wonder if it would separate. When I make a thin version of the soap and put it in soap bottles, I can shake it. I can't exactly shake it in the gallon glass jug. hmmm. Thoughts?
__________________
Daughter Of the King, Wife of Superman, Mamma of 6 & Owner of Mamma Can Do It.
For HUGE coupon savings, Like my Facebook Page. Mamma Can Do It Blog.

mammacandoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 06:43 AM   #10
newmommy13's Avatar
newmommy13
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 7,750
Leah posted a recipe in diaper q & a using dawn and no grating bar soap! I want to try it but I can't find it now. :/ the blog was awesome it had recipes for home made stain remover and fabric softener I think too.
__________________
I, mama to dd A (3-08) dfs J (10/11) and in love with newbie dfd N! (10/13)
hopeful pre-adoptive foster family
newmommy13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.